Two board members of the Oceano Community Services District — including the president, currently its longest-serving member — have resigned.
President Jim Hill and Carole Henson announced their resignations Monday in separate letters.
Henson, sworn in in December, wrote that it had become clear that board members and General Manager Raffaele Montemurro were not ready to abandon “business as usual.”
“Therefore, it is not acceptable for me to lend my efforts only to facilitate acrimony and personal agendas,” she wrote.
Hill, who was first elected in 2004, wrote that Montemurro’s failure to follow board direction prevented him from being able to carry out his “fiduciary obligation” to the local citizens.
“I’m sorry it came to this,” said board member Lori Angello, who will likely assume the president’s seat.
In his letter, Hill wrote that the board’s top priority — finishing two years’ worth of overdue audits — was not completed on a timeline set by the board.
He cited 18 examples in which he believed Montemurro had failed to follow board direction, including: not presenting a financial summary at each meeting; not conducting a street light survey or obtaining permits for critical water line replacements; and installing an outdated financial system, which the board voted to replace a year ago for about $236,000.
Montemurro declined to discuss Hill’s allegations. But he said the computer system is 95 percent operational, and since he was hired in October 2009, the district has installed a safe, reduced staff and cut costs, and increased water rates.
This leaves three on the board: Angello, Matthew Guerrero and Mary Lucey. They have 60 days to appoint new members or call an election, said county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.