Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday hosted a retirement presentation for retiring General Manager Ron Nelson, who has served as the district’s chief executive for the past decade.
Members of the elected board were joined by NID’s management team, employees, members of the community, water industry associates and Nelson’s friends and family members for the standing-room-only ceremony.
Among the 20 speakers were Nevada County District I Supervisor Nate Beason, who lauded Nelson’s commitment to the community; former president of the Association of California Water Agencies Paul Kelley, who presented a proclamation from the association; and Becky Nelson, Ron’s wife of the past 46 years, who recounted highlights of his life and 33-year career in the water industry.
NID Board President Nick Wilcox cited Nelson’s “enormous contributions” to the district. “You have moved the district to a higher level and laid the groundwork for us to go forward and move to an even higher level,” Wilcox said.
Nelson joined the district in 2002 after serving for 22 years as general manager of the Central Oregon Irrigation District in Bend, Ore. He retires as NID general manager Sept. 30 and will serve as the district’s manager of special projects until year’s end.
The board approved an agreement with Assistant General Manager Tim Crough to serve as interim general manager until Nelson’s successor is on the job.
An executive search is under way and selection of a new manager is expected by year’s end.
In other business, NID directors:
• Voted to terminate a lease agreement, effective Jan. 1, for the NID house on the shores of Scotts Flat Reservoir known as the “Ditchtender’s Cabin.” Board members commended local businessman and former recreation concessionaire John Hensley who has leased the property for 35 years. Director Nancy Weber said Hensley has been a good neighbor and steward of the property. A future public use of the site is under study.
• Approved two measures related to use of Combie Reservoir. Directors agreed to extend consideration for dock permits to an additional 11 parcels that are contiguous to the district’s reservoir property, bringing the eligible total to 132 parcels. The district follows a permit process as one way of controlling the number of boats using the small reservoir.
• Adopted a policy resolution that encourages military veterans to apply for employment with the district.
The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.