To ensure it is efficiently using its resources, the district should adopt a policy that its general managers will participate in benefits at the same level as district staff and that the board will negotiate the general managers' contracts on the basis of salary and not other benefits, such as retirement.
On February 26, 2016, the Board formally adopted a hiring and compensation policy for the General Manager. The policy also includes language that ensures that the benefits provided to the General Manager position are consistent with the District's benefits level for staff and that final candidates receive salaries commensurate to their experience and qualifications.
Staff is currently in the process of preparing a policy to address the State Audit recommendation. This policy will be presented to the Board of Directors in February 2016 for consideration and adoption.
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