LeBrun named Nipomo’s CSD general manager

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when Michael LeBrun was hired by the Nipomo services district. He first was hired as general manager in 2004.

The Nipomo Community Services District board unanimously appointed Michael LeBrun its general manager at a special meeting Thursday, board President Jim Harrison said.

LeBrun has served as the district’s interim general manager and general manager on and off since 2004.

According to LeBrun’s approved contract, he will earn $134,700 annually. His contract also provides a monthly $65 cell phone reimbursement.

The district board recently completed a performance review of LeBrun and found that it “has high expectations for the position of general manager, and Michael LeBrun meets or exceeds those expectations.”

This is the second time LeBrun, 49, has headed up Nipomo’s services district, which provides water, sewer and street lighting to about 12,150 residents.

LeBrun was first hired as the general manager in September 2004.

He resigned in 2006 and later worked for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County before returning to the Nipomo district in 2009.

He filled in as an interim manager after the late Bruce Buel retired early to fight cancer, and served for six months until a new manager was hired.

That manager, Don Spagnolo, resigned after nearly six months with the district, and LeBrun returned to the district once more.

The district’s top priorities are educating the community of the need for supplemental water, overseeing a $12 million project to upgrade the district’s main treatment plant and going out to bid this summer on a $3 million project to replace the main sewer trunk along Frontage Road.

LeBrun said he earned $146,000 annually as an interim manager but received no benefits, only paid holidays. His contract now provides for 15 vacation days a year, sick leave and health and retirement benefits.