The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. The five members are elected by-district in five single member districts, meaning one member of the Board shall be elected from each district, by the voters of that district alone, to four-year terms. These terms are staggered, with three seats are up for election one year and two seats are up for election the following year. The position of the President and Vice-President are rotated annually.
Policy decisions are made at the monthly Board meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the District’s Board Room located in the Administrative Building , 1960 La Costa Avenue, in Carlsbad, Special Board meetings are held as needed. All Board meetings, Special meetings and Committee meetings are open to the public. We encourage attendance and public participation by our citizens. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020/2021/2022, all Board, Special and Committee meetings are held virtually and/or telephonically until further notice.
At these public meetings, the Board makes policy decisions; approves agreements and contracts; adopts ordinances and regulations; and authorizes the expenditure of the District’s funds. The Board works closely with the General Manager to ensure that policy is effectively implemented.
Individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors are invited to visit the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters for the latest information on how to file as a candidate, including filing deadlines.
Directors are also appointed to serve on one or more of the committees listed below.
Mrs. Sullivan serves as the District's President for calendar year 2023. She joined the Board in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2022. Her term expires in 2026. She is a resident of the La Costa area of Carlsbad. She is retired from her previously owned interior decorating business in Carlsbad. She also serves on the California Special District Association (CSDA) Member Services and Professional Development Committees. Mrs. Sullivan resides in Electoral District 2.
Mr. Roesink serves as the District's Vice President for calendar year 2023. Mr. Roesink was appointed to the Board on June 9, 2021 and was most recently re-elected in 2022. His term expires in 2026. Mr. Roesink is a third-generation San Diegan and 15-year resident of La Costa. He has worked for a locally based irrigation and lighting product company for the past 19 years. He has served the water industry as an advisor on San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) Conservation Action Committee. He is an instructor for the Qualified Water Efficient Landscape Program for the SDCWA and is currently a member of California Department of Water Resources Landscape Stakeholder Advisory Group. In addition, he has served on various local Boards and Committees in years past. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree from San Diego State University. Mr. Roesink resides in Electoral District 1.
Ms. Hanson serves as the District's President for calendar year 2022. She joined the Board in 1983 and was most recently re-elected in 2020. Her term expires in 2024. Ms. Hanson is a resident of the Village Park area of Encinitas. She retired from the San Dieguito Water District/City of Encinitas as a Finance Supervisor. She represents the District on the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority Board of Directors, the Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) Board of Directors and has served on the San Diego County LAFCO Special District Advisory Committee. Her community services include volunteering at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. Ms. Hanson resides in Electoral District 5.
Mr. Omsted joined the Board in 2006, but previously served on the Board from 1982-1986. He was most recently re-elected in 2020 and his term expires in 2024. Mr. Omsted is a resident of the Leucadia area of Encinitas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University. He retired from the San Diego Unified School District as a Biology high school teacher. He currently serves on the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Board of Directors. He represents the District on the Encina Wastewater Authority Board of Directors. He also is a member of the North Coast San Diego County League of Women Voters. His community services include refereeing soccer. Mr. Omsted resides in Electoral District 3.
Mr. Saldana was appointed to the Board on December 14, 2022. His term expires in 2026. Mr. Saldana has been a resident of South Carlsbad for almost 30 years, and he has 40 years of engineering experience. He is currently a Vice President of Engineering at Intel Corporation. Additionally, he has served on the advisory board to the Dean of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Saldana holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from CSU Long Beach and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico. Mr. Saldana resides in District 4.
Investment & Finance Committee (IFC)
The IFC advises the Board on matters relating to District finances. Typical duties include the annual review of reserve & investment policies, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), contracts related to financial matters and/or other financial matters, as appropriate. Directors Omsted and Hanson presently serve on the IFC.
Human Resources Committee (HRC)
The HRC advises the Board on matters relating to District personnel. Typical duties include review personnel policies and other personnel matters, as appropriate. Vice President Roesink and Director Hanson presently serve on the HRC.
Engineering Committee (EC)
The EC advises the Board on matters relating to District’s Technical Operations and Capital Programs. Typical duties include review the District’s Capital Improvement and Capital Acquisition Programs, contracts related to engineering and construction services, and/or review other Capital Improvement matters, as appropriate. Directors Omsted and Saldana presently serve on the EC.
Community Affairs Committee (CAC)
The CAC advises the Board on matters relating to the District’s public information and outreach programs. Typical duties include review of the production of the District’s biannual newsletters, the Teacher Grant Program, contracts related to public information, and/or review other public information and outreach matters, as appropriate. President Sullivan and Director Saldana presently serve on the CAC.