Report 2015-102 Recommendation 21 Responses

Report 2015-102: Central Basin Municipal Water District: Its Board of Directors Has Failed to Provide the Leadership Necessary for It to Effectively Fulfill Its Responsibilities (Release Date: December 2015)

Recommendation #21 To: Central Basin Municipal Water District

To ensure it considers the most qualified candidates for positions, the district should follow its established hiring policies. Specifically, it should use a competitive hiring process and ensure that its board first formally approves all positions for which the district recruits. Further, the district should consider for employment only individuals who meet the established minimum qualifications for the positions for which they have applied. If the district believes certain qualifications are not necessary for a position, it should indicate in the position description that such qualifications are desirable but not required.

60-Day Agency Response

As noted in the State Audit, the District has this policy. The policy can be found in the Administrative Code, under Part 3, Chapter 5, Article 2 Assignment of Positions. The District will continue to adhere to this policy. As noted in the State Audit, the District currently has qualified staff for its positions.

  • Completion Date: December 2015
  • Response Date: January 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

We made this recommendation based on the fact that the district had violated its own policies in the past. Given that we found current senior managers met qualifications and that the policies in place as of July 2015, if followed, will help ensure the district hires the most qualified individuals for its positions, we consider this recommendation fully implemented. However, we expect the district to continue to follow established policies.

All Recommendations in 2015-102

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.