Big Bear City, CA — The Big Bear City Community Services District has been without a fifth director since the April 5 resignation of Barbara Beck and, this evening, the Board of Directors comprised of President Marge McDonald, VP John Day, Rick Ollila and Jeff Newsome are poised to appoint one of four applicants. The four men from the East Valley who were interviewed for the post by the CSD Board during their regular meeting of May 3 are Gary Wentz, CSD’s General Manager in the early ’80s, who has since just retired from military service; 32-year resident John Green, an employee of the County’s Special Districts Water and Sanitation Division, specifically overseeing the Fawnskin area; Thom DeGriselles, a hometown boy who returned to Bear City with his family in 2009, when he joined the Army National Guard after a career with the Alameda County Water District; and public meeting regular Bob Ybarra, a four-year Valley resident and employee of a local glass installation company. Given potential conflicts of interest from among the candidate pool, in addition to the disclosure of a prior felony conviction from one, the CSD Board opted to pursue legal input rather than make an appointment on May 3. This evening, during their regular meeting to be held at the CSD offices at 139 E. Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear City at 5:30pm, directors will discuss, and possibly take action, on the board vacancy. The CSD Board governs unincorporated areas of the East Valley (including Big Bear City), and oversees water, sewer and trash services, as well as the Big Bear City Fire Department.
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