By Miriam Raftery
Photo, left: Directors Mark Gracyk and DeAna Verbecke offered opposing views on how board vacancy should be filled
January 5, 2016 (La Mesa) – At a packed meeting yesterday, Helix Water Board members aired differing views on how to fill a vacancy left by the resignation last week of newly elected member Lu Tejeda. Tejeda cited conflicts of interest raised by his job with a contractor.
The new board majority pushed to appoint Dan McMillan, whom Tejeda narrowly edged out by just 185 votes in the four-man race. Both ran on a platform of reigning in rising water rates.
Director DeAna Verbecke dissented, calling for the district to accept applications and conduct interviews with all interested parties in an open meeting before making an appointment.