Olivenhain Municipal Water District identified in its Strategic Plan the value of ensuring fair and open processes involving the public. With the goal of transparency and given recent scrutiny on compensation provided to public officials, Olivenhain Municipal Water District presents below a summary of compensation provided to its General Manager and Board of Directors
Duties and Base Pay: The General Manager (GM) oversees all OMWD functions including water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, recycled water treatment and distribution, hydroelectric generation, and park and recreation services. OMWD's service area covers 48 square miles in northern San Diego County, with approximately 80,000 residents, over 27,000 water service connections, over 6,100 sewer connections, over 400 recycled water connections, and over 425 miles of distribution pipeline. OWMD operates its own 34 million gallon per day water treatment plant and 2 million gallon per day water reclamation facility.
Of note is that OMWD has no Deputy General Manager nor an Assistant General Manager. These positions were eliminated when the current GM assumed her position. The GM’s salary is set by the Board of Directors, and the current base annual salary is $208,824. Since OMWD is a multi-function district, the following percentages of the aforementioned GM’s base salary are allocated to the various functions: 75% to water; 13% to wastewater; 8% to parks and recreation; and 4% to recycled water. The GM is an at-will employee and her continued employment is based upon her continued performance. In the event that the GM’s employment should ever be terminated without cause, the Board of Directors authorized severance provisions are as follows: 12 months’ salary if 3 of 5 board members vote to terminate employment; 8 months’ salary if 4 of 5 board members vote to terminate employment; or 4 months’ salary if 5 of 5 board members vote to terminate employment. Severance under the “without cause” scenario shall be based on the GM’s salary on the date of termination.
Retirement: The GM is included in OMWD's 2.5% @ 55 (3-year average) formula CalPERS retirement plan. The GM's employee-paid contribution to CalPERS retirement is 8% of salary (the GM pays the full 8% employee contribution). There are no post-retirement medical benefits; however, the GM may participate in OMWD's Kaiser retirement plan from the age of 55 to 65 at her own expense, which is the same for all employees. If the GM participates in this post-retirement medical program, OMWD contributes $1 per month per year of service per OMWD's Administrative & Ethics Code. (The maximum exposure for OMWD with the current GM is $3,000 for the 10-year period.)
Other Benefits: The GM receives $700 per month auto allowance for business use of a personal vehicle (in lieu of an OMWD vehicle or mileage reimbursement). OMWD provides 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance for the GM and all eligible dependents. OMWD-paid life insurance and one half of the premium for a long-term disability policy is also provided, with the GM paying the other half of the premium. The GM is eligible for a 457 deferred compensation matching program for longevity and performance in the same amount as other OMWD managers, which is currently $3,500. Vacation accrual rates are based on years of service, in the same amounts as all other OMWD employees (The GM is currently receiving 160 hours per year for 15-20 years of service). Sick leave is accumulated the same as all other employees at 96 hours per year. An OMWD cell phone is provided for business use; however, personal calls must be reimbursed to OMWD each month by the GM. The GM is eligible for a potential, non-guaranteed performance goal incentive pay up to $5,000 for calendar year 2013 for achieving the goals of OMWD as determined by the Board of Directors. No administrative time is granted to the GM.
Board of Directors
Effective as of April 17, 2000, each Director receives per diem compensation in the amount of $150 for each attended Board Meeting, or for each day’s service rendered as a Board Director by request of the Board, not to exceed a total of 10 days in any calendar month. The maximum a Director may earn in any month is $1500, even if he/she attends more than ten meetings. OMWD provides 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance for each Board member and their eligible dependents. Board members receive no other paid OWMD benefits, are not included in the OMWD CalPERS retirement plan, and do not receive post-retirement benefits.