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Voice: Got tough managers to go after laggign IID departments

February 18, 2002

Shorty Hickingbottom, you wrote a very good letter Feb. 10. Maybe I should have voted for you.

I must add that one of the Imperial Irrigation District directors mentioned at the approval of the efficiency study that we would need a pretty tough-skinned person to implement it. Then to my amazement they chose Jesse Silva, one of the nicest, kindest persons I know.

Then he in turn chose Gabe Marcial. Like you mentioned, he is good at what he was hired to do, but to implement the efficiency study he just doesn't have it. He is good at computer presentations of the efficiency study but to implement it it takes a tough person.

The efficiency study is sadly eroding away and no one, IID board included, is implementing it, for fear of votes?

Another IID director mentioned that we should start cutting down employees from the managers down. The two departments I hear more complaints about are the water department and the shop maintenance. We could start from there for the betterment of the bill-payers, water and electric.

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ROBERTO RUBIO

El Centro

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