Michelle Reimers was appointed general manager of the Turlock Irrigation District on Tuesday.
The district board of directors voted in favor of hiring Reimers, who has served as TID’s deputy managing director for external affairs since 2016. She will succeed Casey Hashimoto, who announced in April that he would be retiring at the end of 2019. He has held this position since 2010.
Reimers, 37, has worked at TID for 14 years. She will become Executive Director on January 2 with an annual salary of $ 276,624.
“The board believes that Michelle’s unique blend of skills and vision for the district made her the best candidate for the job,” board chair Charlie Fernandes said in a press release. “Over the course of her career, she has advised the district on a number of major issues and challenges, and we are fortunate to be able to count on her continued leadership in this new role.”
In his current role, Reimers was responsible for customer service, consumer programs, state and federal legislative and regulatory efforts, and communications.
She holds a BA in Organizational Communication from California State University, Stanislaus. She grows almonds in the neighborhood and walnuts near Chico.
TID supplies water from the Tuolumne River to approximately 145,000 acres of farmland roughly bounded by the Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin rivers and the Hickman and Ballico areas.
The more than 100,000 electricity customers are in this area and in areas stretching east to La Grange and west to Diablo Grande.
Hashimoto’s tenure has been relatively low-key. TID faced a 2012-2016 drought that reduced deliveries to farmers. He also joined with neighboring agencies to fight a state proposal to increase fish flows in the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers.
TID has kept electricity rates fairly stable in recent years and has acted early to comply with state mandates for renewable sources.
The district is also working to reduce reliance on wells in the towns of Turlock and Ceres through a Tuolumne River treatment plant. The Modesto Irrigation District, a partner of TID on the river, has been doing this since the mid-1990s.
TID has 453 employees and an annual budget of approximately $ 400 million. It is Stanislaus County’s largest irrigation supplier and MID’s second-largest electricity customer.
This story was originally published November 5, 2019 12:23 pm.