Sewer district paying $28,500 to search for new general manager

Annual salary range is $216,896-$271,988

Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) is accepting candidates to be the district's new general manager after its former leader retired in November.

DSRSD, a water and wastewater retailer to parts of the Tri-Valley, has posted the requirements for the general manager position through its website at under "job openings."

The board is paying Ralph Andersen & Associates $28,500 to conduct the search for a new district leader throughout the Western U.S. The fee includes all recruitment services and related expenses, including handling screening of candidates, selecting a top group of candidates for the board's consideration and facilitating interviews between candidates and the board, DSRSD spokeswoman Renee Olsen said.

The position will be advertised through Jan. 22, interviews will be conducted during February and March and a general manager is expected to be selected by early April, she said.

The district is searching for a new general manager after Bert Michalczyk retired Nov. 2 after 14 years as the district's general manager.

John Archer, the district's administrative services manager, has been working as interim general manager since November and was appointed by the board in September. He had overseen the district's financial services since the beginning of 2015.

The annual salary range is $216,896-$271,988, and the district's board will negotiate a salary with the selected candidate.

To apply, candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary history to Questions can be directed to Heather Renschler at 916-630-4900.

DSRSD provides wastewater to Pleasanton on contract and provides water to San Ramon, Dublin and parts of the Dougherty Valley.

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Posted by Old Guy
a resident of Willow West
on Dec 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

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Before spending nearly 30K is there not someone on staff that can assemble applicant material, review content, check references and conduct interviews?? I've used search firms in the past but only after internal attempts failed.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 8, 2015 at 7:33 am

Probably easier to reach into that bottomless treasure chest, pull out a wad of taxpayer money, and have somebody else do the work for you!! Who knows what goes on there, guess they are too busy!! Maybe that interim GM and his staff could earn their keep, shuffle some papers and find a replacement themselves and save us peons some money, or just stay parked in your "captains" chair and enjoy that 200K plus salary with all the unmentioned perks that come with it.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

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I much rather they spend the money to conduct a professional search for qualified credentialed individuals, than to continue with ongoing nepotism.

The practice among those with power and influence favoring relatives or friends. The good old boy network.

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Posted by Ratepayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

It does seem this position is likely a jewel of a jackpot in that field and other (lesser paid) experienced and currently employed would 'hear' about it
through the 'grapevine', and flock to our doors! But, there again, these overpaid public employees are so 'taken care of', they do not think 'practically'. And again, we 'ratepayers' are last consider, if at all. They literally do not know how to live sensibly, logically, or not know how to budget! such disregard for ratepayers and taxpayers.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

I'm willing to bet that once "WE" spend the 28,500 on consultants to shuffle resumes for the poor overworked staff at the DSRSD that they are going to go with somebody who won't step on their toes!!! Who watches over these guys???

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Dec 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I think we should dissolve the special district and replace it with a joint powers agreement; like we have between Pleasanton and Livermore Fire District. Let existing personnel in the cities run this, and our city elected officials be accountable.

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Posted by Ratepayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:13 am

Sadly, management in most of our public departments, have a speedy, revolving door management 'promotion' scheme, so that 'each' get to spend a moment or two as 'Chief', Director, etc to raise their 'base' for 'retirement'. See it's not enough to receive and be grateful for a generous public retirement program. Oh NO!! be greedy, play 'promotion' and 'raise' games to boost that retirement 'base'...aka stick it to taxpayers, who individually struggle to pay their taxes, to support these in our face promotions & raises....there 'ought to be a law'!! Since decency, honor, and integrity seem to be more rare by the day.

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