Article 4. Other Offices of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 10. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 4.
The board may, by an affimative vote of the majority of its
members, appoint and fix the salary of a general manager, who shall
have the responsibility for the proper administration of the district
in accordance with state law and such ordinances, resolutions and
policies as may be established by the board.
The general manager shall not be a member of the board, nor shall
he have been a member of the board within the year immediately
preceding his appointment.
The general manager may be removed by the board upon the
adoption of a resolution by the affirmative vote of not less than a
majority of the board. The board may not reduce the salary of the
general manager below the amount fixed at the time of his original
appointment except upon the adoption of a resolution by a like vote.
The action of the board in suspending or removing the general manager
or reducing his salary, if approved by a majority of the membership
of the board, is final.
The oath of all appointive officers of the district shall be
taken, subscribed, and filed with the secretary of the district at
any time after the officer has notice of his appointment but not
later than 15 days after the commencement of his term of office. No
other filing is required.
Each appointive officer shall give such bond and in such
amount as the board may require.
The board shall establish by resolution the powers and
duties of the general manager.
The general manager shall prepare, within 90 days from the
end of each fiscal year, a financial report showing the result of
operations for the preceding fiscal year and the financial status of
the district on the last day thereof. A copy of this report shall be
delivered to the board of supervisors, each city council within the
district, and a copy shall be made available to the public.
At least 30 days prior to the end of the fiscal year, the
general manager shall prepare a proposed annual budget for the
district. Prior to the time this budget is formally adopted by the
board, copies thereof will be sent to the board of supervisors and
each city council within the district.
The general manager shall provide for the custody of the
funds of the district and the keeping of accounts of all receipts and
disbursements. Payments shall be made only upon warrants duly and
regularly signed by the chairperson or vice chairperson of the board,
or other person authorized by the board to do so, and by the general
manager or secretary. Alternatively, the board may request the
Auditor of the County of Santa Cruz to audit, allow, and draw
warrants on the district treasury for all legal claims presented to
the county auditor and approved by a majority of the board, and the
treasurer shall pay those warrants in the order in which they are
With the consent of the board, the general manager may:
(a) Authorize the trust department of any state or national bank
in this state, or a trust company authorized to act as such in this
state, to receive as his agent deposits of any securities acquired by
(b) Place and maintain for safekeeping as a trust deposit with the
trust department of any state or national banks in this state, or a
trust company authorized to act as such in this state, any securities
owned by the district.
The bank or trust company, selected, shall have a total paid-in
capital of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000). The general
manager shall take from the trust department or trust company a
receipt for the securities, and neither the general manager nor the
district is responsible for the custody and safe return of the
securities until they are withdrawn from the trust department or
trust company by the general manager. Any trust department or trust
company to which securities are delivered, either as agent or
depository for the general manager, shall make such deposition of the
securities as the general manager directs and is responsible only
for strict compliance with written instructions given to it by the
general manager. All such securities are at times subject to the
order of the general manager.
The board may appoint a regular attorney who shall serve at
the pleasure of the board or it may engage an attorney from time to
time as the need arises. If they declare themselves available, the
county counsel or the attorneys for any of the cities within the
district shall be eligible to provide legal advice to the board at a
reasonable rate of compensation.