Aragon, Plajzer to serve as Rancho Water interim general managers as search continues

Rancho California Water District’s board of directors meet via teleconference Thursday, Nov. 12. Valley News/Courtesy photo

At the Thursday, Nov. 12, meeting of the Rancho California Water District’s board of directors, assistant general managers Richard Aragon and Eva Plajzer were tapped to fill in for retiring general manager Jeff Armstrong until they can hire for the position.

The two assistant general managers will have signature responsibility and the ability to act with authority on behalf of the district in accordance with district policies and procedures once Armstrong leaves the district at the end of the month.

Armstrong has been with Rancho Water since 1988 and previously served as controller, accounting manager, treasurer and chief financial officer with the district. He held various accounting positions in the private sector before coming to the district.

In his next post, Armstrong will serve as a director for the Eastern Municipal Water District, having won election to the seat recently.

The board also honored outgoing appointed director Joseph Kuebler for his time served on the board with a resolution. He lost a reelection bid recently and was appointed to the board in August out of a candidate pool of eight, after longtime board member Lisa Herman resigned in July.

The board approved a request by Kuebler to be compensated with per diem in the amount of $750 for his attendance at the National Water Resources Association 89th annual conference.

The board also approved the consent calendar which included the approval of financial statements, treasurer’s report and the certification of cash sufficiency and related investment activity data.

The board ratified the register of audited demands through Oct. 21, accepted an award from the Government Finance Officers Association, extended the Davis Farr LLP Auditing Services contract, accepted the retirement medical benefits plan update and actuarial valuation results and authorization to pay required contributions and approved the procedures report on an expanded audit test work. The procedures report on the expanded calendar also included the approval of a mutual aid agreement between Rancho Water and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, accepted revisions to the Rancho Water Employees’ Association nonexempt salary range schedule and budgeted contract items over $50,000 including awarding an agreement for professional services for the design of the Madison Avenue Potable Water Pipeline Replacement.

During director reports, the board congratulated and thanked public information officer Grace Cardenas for her work with Rancho Water as she recently accepted a position with Western Municipal Water District.

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