Mitch Thompson Elected President of the Board of Directors
On Wednesday, January 6, the Otay Water District Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Mitch Thompson president of the board of directors. Jose Lopez, who served as president for seven years, was elected vice president. Tim Smith was elected Treasurer.
In May of 2012, Thompson was appointed to the board of directors to fill the unexpired term of Jaime Bonilla representing Division 2, which includes the communities of Otay Mesa, Sunbow, and Rancho Del Rey. Thompson was elected to represent District 2 in November 2012.
Thompson, a resident of Chula Vista, has 30 years of experience in real estate, public finance, housing development, banking and redevelopment. He was previously appointed to serve an unexpired term on the Chula Vista City Council and has also served on the city’s Planning Commission and Public Safety Subcommittee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Southwestern Community College foundation and Neighborhood National Bank.
“I am honored to be the next president of the Otay Water District Board of Directors, and I thank Jose Lopez for seven years of leadership and service to the customers of the Otay Water District,” said Thompson. “Water districts across California face new challenges, and our board will continue to provide the leadership that offers our customers the best service at the lowest rates possible as we meet those challenges.”
The District’s five-member Board of Directors is responsible for rates, taxes, policies, ordinances, the annual budget, and the overall management and operation of the water agency. Each director is elected by voters to represent each of five divisions for a four-year term.
The Otay Water District is a public agency providing water, wastewater, and recycled water service to more than 220,000 customers in the southeastern San Diego County communities of Spring Valley, La Presa, Rancho San Diego, Jamul, eastern Chula Vista, and Otay Mesa.