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, 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.
Mr. Brown was appointed to the Board on September 9, 2020. His term expires in 2022. Mr. Brown is a third generation Encinitas resident and lives in the Leucadia area of Encinitas. He is an Information Systems Officer at a Water District in Orange County. He was previously employed by the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of Encinitas. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from San Diego State University, a Master’s of Science Business Administration from San Diego State University, is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). Mr. Brown resides in Electoral District 3.
Ms. Hanson serves as the District's Vice President for calendar year 2021. 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. Juliussen joined the Board in 2005, but also served on the Board from 1992-2004. He was most recently re-elected in 2020 and his term expires in 2024. Mr. Juliussen is a resident of the Leucadia area of Encinitas and is a retired licensed general contractor in the commercial construction industry. He has served on the Encinitas School District Oversight Committee. Mr. Juliussen resides in Electoral District 1.
Mr. Omsted serves as the District's President for calendar year 2021. 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 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.
Mrs. Sullivan joined the Board in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2018. Her term expires in 2022. She is a resident of the La Costa area of Carlsbad. She is retired from her previously owned interior decorating business in Carlsbad. She represents the District on the Encina Wastewater Authority Board of Directors as the Chair and is on EWA’s Policy & Finance Committee. She also serves on the California Special District Association (CSDA) Member Services and Professional Development Committees. Mrs. Sullivan resides in Electoral District 2.
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 Hanson and Sullivan 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. Directors Omsted and Brown 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 Juliussen and Omsted 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. Directors Juliussen and Brown presently serve on the CAC.