Sanitary District Directors Thins The Herd
At a special meeting at 11:00 a.m. this morning the four remaining directors of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board thinned the herd of nineteen applicants for the vacancy created by the resignation of disgruntled director Jim Fitzpatrick to six candidates. Those six will be asked to present themselves for interviews at another special meeting on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at District headquarters. The meeting was attended by five visitors - candidates Mark Harris and Al Morelli, activist Jim Mosher, former Water District Director Trudy Ohlig-Hall and your humble correspondent.
FINDING A FAIR SOLUTION
Guided by President Jim Ferryman, the directors - Art Perry, Bob Ooten and Mike Scheafer - arrived at what they felt was a fair way to winnow down the candidates. Each said they had spent the past weekend reading through the resumes and other application paperwork for all of the candidates and all were impressed with the quality of applicants. They acknowledged knowing some of the candidates and not knowing others.
Their solution to "thinning the herd" was for each director to present a list of their five top candidates. Those four lists would be compiled by General Manager Scott Carroll. The candidates who appeared on the most lists - the "highest vote-getters" - would be invited for personal interviews by the board Friday. The maximum number invited would be five (5).
Here are the lists that were presented in no particular order:
Art Perry - Jeffrey Harlan, Dan Worthington, Arlene Schafer, Richard Kapko and Mark Harris
Bob Ooten - Shivaji Deshmukh, Linda Dixon, Mike Harmanos, Al Morelli and Arlene Schafer
Mike Scheafer - Tamara Allee, Shivaji Deshmukh, Jeffrey Harlan, Al Morelli and Arlene Schafer
Jim Ferryman - Dan Worthington, Shivaji Deshmukh, Linda Dixon, Al Morelli and Arlene Schafer
AND THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE
The tally completed showed the following results:
Arlene Schafer - 4
Shivaji Desmukh - 3
Al Morelli - 3
Linda Dixon - 2
Jeffrey Harlan - 2
Dan Worthington - 2
Mike Harmanos - 1
Richard Kapko - 1
Mark Harris - 1
Tamara Allee - 1
The board decided to invite six (6) candidates back - Schafer, Desmukh, Morelli, Dixon, Harlan and Worthington - rather than arbitrarily attempt to select two of the three candidates who received 2 votes each. The directors will compile a list of questions to be asked. Each director will ask two questions of each candidate, for a total of eight (8) questions per candidate. The order of interviewing will be decided by drawing numbers from a hat or similar device. Candidates will be sequestered outside the conference room during the interviewing - but may stay once their interview is completed - to prevent any unfair advantage for those interviewed late in the process.
NEW DIRECTOR TO BE SEATED ON THE 27TH
Once the interviews are completed on Friday the board will select one to fill the Fitzpatrick vacancy. It will be subject to a background investigation. It is anticipated that the person selected will be sworn-in and seated at the next regular meeting, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.