Posted: January 15, 2014
Newberry CSD Appoints Le Hayes
As New General Manager
In a move that may help soften the Local Agency Formation Commission's
(LAFCO) attempt to consolidate the Newberry CSD with one or more other community service districts,
the Newberry CSD has hired a recent new resident to the community as the Newberry CSD's General
The newly appointed is Le Hayes who previously served 22-years as the
General Manager of Baker, California. Hayes, a retiree, had initially planned to relax
and enjoy a retirement life in a recently acquired home in Newberry Springs. However, with his
interests flowing in politics, he soon learned of the depth of the Newberry CSD's problems and
felt an obligation to return to service to help his newly adopted community.
Hayes was selected and appointed during a Newberry CSD Special Board Meeting,
Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Two other qualified candidates were considered for the post.
The position is not considered a career move by Hayes who has
expressed an interest to get back to retirement. He hopes to be able to stay with the job
long enough that with his professional background, he can raise the Newberry CSD's performance
level to where a trained GM replacement can seamlessly take over from him and properly manage
the 55-year old community service.
While LAFCO's management has had some contentions with Hayes
in the past over his management in Baker, if anyone can make the necessary changes to bring the
Newberry CSD up to snuff with LAFCO, it appears that Hayes is the person; and that the Newberry
CSD's new board has appointed the right invididual for the job.
A major question now is whether the Newberry CSD board
of directors will understand its elected role and allow Hayes to perform his job without the
historical overreaching and intrusions done by earlier boards.
If the new CSD board can refrain from the usual micromanagement done
by past boards, the vast problems facing the Newberry CSD, that were the basis of
a 2013 Grand Jury report, can be resolved to LAFCO's satisfaction.
The GM position requires passing a LifeScan, and as soon as that is
processed, Hayes will be on-the-job.
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