Nipomo Community Services District General Manager Michael LeBrun has announced he plans to retire next year, once his replacement can be found. “Why the change? Because I can,” LeBrun said in an email to news media. “Over the past 25-plus years, my wife, Susi, and I have worked hard, saved and invested well, and we can now afford to work less and enjoy life more. In the past six years we have been blessed with six grandchildren who all live in our local area (six under 6!). A selfish move for sure.”
He did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.
LeBrun officially announced his resignation at the Sept. 9 district Board of Directors meeting. The board accepted the resignation and formed an ad-hoc committee to lead recruitment of a new general manager. Recruitment is scheduled to begin Oct. 2 with placement planned for early next year, according to a district news release.
LeBrun will assist in recruitment and transition and will remain with the district until the new general manager is in place. After his retirement, LeBrun said he plans to stay involved in local water resources issues in a consulting role.
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LeBrun has served as general manager and interim general manager for the district for a total of nine years. He was general manager for the district from 2004 to 2006, before resigning for “personal reasons,” according to a previous Tribune report.
“I was not cut out for the pressures of this position,” he told The Tribune at the time of his first resignation.
He then served as the district’s interim general manager twice between 2006 and 2011 — once after the late Bruce Buel retired to fight cancer and again after Buel's replacement, Don Spagnolo, resigned after only six months with the district.
He was once again appointed as general manager in June 2011, with a base salary of $150,000 annually. That amount went up in July 2014, when the board unanimously approved an amended general manager contract with LeBrun for $164,140 annually.
Under his leadership, the district has twice received the California Special District Association’sCalifornia Special District Association’s (CSDA) District Transparency Certificate of Excellence and the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Financial Reporting, according to the release. The district has also completed several of its largest projects during his tenure: a $13 million upgrade to the Southland Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility and the $17.5 million Nipomo Supplemental Water Project, for which LeBrun performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony mere hours after announcing his resignation.
“This change means an OUTSTANDING opportunity is coming available for the right professional,” LeBrun wrote in his email statement. "The district is in great shape. Fifty years of serving the community and as strong as ever.”
The board is expected to finalize the general manager job description at its next meeting on Sept. 30.