Director chosen for NID |

Director chosen for NID

Nevada Irrigation District board of directors appointed John Norton of Lake Wildwood as the interim 5th division director, a seat vacated by George Leipzig in June.

Directors made their choice after hearing from six candidates. Norton is the only one who is not running for a permanent seat in the November elections. Division one director Nancy Weber, chairman John Drew and division three director Scott Miller approved Norton as the neutral choice.

“I think its really important for this board to stay as neutral as possible,” Drew said.

Miller originally expressed misgivings about appointing someone who would only “plug a hole” and voiced that his first choice was to appoint Penn Valley rancher and health services manager Martin Harmon for a long term commitment. Miller later conceded to take the apolitical path presented by Drew. Paul Williams voted no for Norton and echoed Miller’s primary concerns.

“I’ve seen a lot of directors come and go… I don’t like seeing a short term person,” Williams said.

Norton moved to Nevada County in 2005 and retired from the state’s water resources control board after serving 28 years. He has sat on Lake Wildwood’s Lake Committee, is involved with Friends of Deer Creek and serves on the citizens advisory committee for the county’s sanitation district.

Voters living in the Penn Valley area will decide who will replace Norton in November. Harmon will vie for the seat along with Brad Fowler, owner of the Goat Works, Nick Wilcox a former engineer for the state’s water control board, Jack Meeks a longtime member of the board of education and retired computer programmer Glenn Orren.

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