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Sewer district board member resigns to pursue job within district

Original post made on Aug 21, 2015

Dublin San Ramon Services District board member Dawn Benson resigned from the board this week to apply for an employment position within the district, which provides wastewater services to Pleasanton.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:22 AM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 21, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

This is an action making new or secret information known?

Is this a slam dunk, "resign and the job is yours"?

Dawn Benson in your words, this is a "promotional opportunity"?

Who are the other candidates for this position?

What are the qualifications for this position?

The district "is committed to transparency" Per Board President Ed Duarte.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Hmmmm, any bets on who is getting that job??? People don't resign from one position without some kind of a guarantee of another position! Keep an eye on this one PW, I'm thinking something sneaky is going on.

Posted by Annalee
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 27, 2015 at 8:24 am

Im sure Ms Bensen is a knowledgeable and capable individual but on face it seems inappropriare from a potential conflict of interest standpoint. At least the bylaws should require a minum separation time between board election and employment to avoid such.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Like I said, " keep an eye on this one" there's going to be a little soft shoe razzle dazzle, a little behind the closed door voting and the magic happens---- poof, benson is in, what a surprise!!

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

This position, district executive services supervisor reportedly pays well, over 125K year, plus benefits, pension, etc., all of which had to be approved by the board on which Dawn Benson served.

It is my opinion Dawn Benson should withdraw her application. There are better qualified people out there that can manage and execute this position.

The potential salary salary is what a master degree can and should earn.
Dawn has a bachelor's degree?

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Bachelors degree today is like having a high school diploma, almost everybody has one!!! If this job pays that well along with full benefits let's set our goals a little higher on getting somebody to fill that position. Still watching for that "behind the curtains" magic trick!!

Posted by I agree with Michael Austin
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Dawn Benson should withdraw her application. This is an incredible lack of judgment on her part to even contemplate such a move in her position as a Board Member. I am not sure what her responsibilities would be in the new position but if they require any judgment on her part I would not count on it being very good.

Posted by What do you know
a resident of Dublin
on Oct 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

So the dust has settled on this one. Map's paranoia did not pan out. Benson did not get the job and she did not get back onto the board.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

No paranoia here, been on this planet a long time and have seen a lot of slippery characters fall into positions they have no business being in, that includes local, state and federal. People with enough money and "friends" can pretty much buy any position they want.

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