Thirty apply for Rainbow General Manager position – Special meeting June 9 to discuss review results

Rainbow Municipal Water District general manager Gene Buckley, who is also the district’s chief finance officer, would like to return to his previous position as assistant general manager and chief finance officer, and the Rainbow district is in the process of searching for a new general manager.

A 5-0 Rainbow board vote May 27 approved the procedure for reviewing the applications which were received by the May 22 deadline, and a June 9 special meeting will discuss the results of the reviews by individual board members.

“The board gave us a process on what to do with the applications at this point,” Buckley said.

On April 7, the Rainbow board approved a $190,000 annual contract for Buckley to be both general manager and chief finance officer while authorizing a search to replace Buckley as general manager so that he could focus on one major position. The board sought an internal search process rather than utilization of a third-party recruiter. “They had asked in-house staff to begin the process,” Buckley said.

The application period closed May 22. “We have approximately 30 applicants,” Buckley said.

The process approved May 27 involves individual board members visiting the Rainbow district office to review the applicants and select which ones are sufficiently qualified for face-to-face interviews. The Brown Act prevents a majority of board members from conducting business without a noticed public hearing, so the process with single board members reviewing the applications meets the state legal requirements. “Right now they don’t know who each other has chosen,” Buckley said.

The June 9 special meeting will provide board members with each other’s short-list selections and determine how many different applicants have been selected for the next phase. “It would narrow it down from the 30,” Buckley said.

The June 9 meeting will likely determine how many of those candidates are selected for interviews.

5 Responses to "Thirty apply for Rainbow General Manager position – Special meeting June 9 to discuss review results"

  1. RMWD ratepayer   June 10, 2014 at 9:09 am

    It seems to me to be a positive statement about RMWD that 30 applicants, knowing that we are the object of a hostile takeover, still want to work for us.

  2. Omen   June 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Rainbow Will Not Roll Over…. The Ratepayers and Employees Will Fight To Keep It Rainbow Too Much Hard Work Has Been Completed To LAY DOWN NOW.
    Even heard an Fpud Ratepayer state that its bad for Rainbow

  3. RMWD ratepayer   June 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Yes, Omen, people who look at the situation logically can see that Rainbow is a thriving, growing district. FPUD is pretty much built out and has little hope of increasing its ratepayer base. It needs Rainbow so it can leverage our assets to borrow to pay the enormous debts they have run up.

    The last hostile takeover in the county was 20 years ago when FPUD took over the Fallbrook Sanitary District. They took such good care of it that they are now in the middle of a $28 million project to keep it running. Rainbow doesn’t need that kind of neglect.

  4. omen   June 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I agree Rmwd rate payer the facts are just like you stated they need Rainbow and all Proud Rainbow residents need to know the facts and not allow the obvious deception because if the hostile take over is allowed things will spin out of control and no way to go back.

  5. FPUD & RMWD customer   June 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I just hope they don’t give the new GM a huge golden parachute clause like the one FPUD put in for their GM. This job may not be there for very long, why should us ratepayers get stuck with a huge bill for having a short term GM.


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