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  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

PART 5. POWERS AND PURPOSES [22075 - 22982]

  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 5. Provisions Pertaining Only to 500,000-Acre Districts [22825 - 22970.35]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

ARTICLE 2. Internal Organization [22840 - 22849]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )


(a) Each director of a district may receive a salary fixed by an ordinance that is subject to referendum and adopted by the board in an amount that does not exceed the salary of a member of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.

(b) The adoption of an ordinance pursuant to subdivision (a) is subject to Sections 20203, 20204, 20205, 20206, and 20207.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 427, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1998.)


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may elect a chairperson from its members and may elect, in addition to a chairperson, a vice chairperson who shall have the power to perform all the duties of the chairperson in the absence of the chairperson, or in the event of his or her inability to perform those duties. If the board elects a chairperson or vice chairperson, any reference to president or vice president in any provision of this division, other than this chapter, means the chairperson or vice chairperson of the board. The board may, in this case, designate a chief staff person to be known as the president.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 577, Sec. 1.)


Notwithstanding Section 1304 of the Elections Code, the board of an irrigation district containing 500,000 acres or more may designate that the general district election shall be held on the day provided for the statewide direct primary election in Section 1201 of the Elections Code and consolidated with the statewide primary election, and thereafter all references to odd-numbered years with respect to those elections shall mean even-numbered years as nearly as may be applicable. A designation by the board changing the date of a general district election pursuant to this section shall be adopted by resolution of the board and filed with the county clerk of the principal county at least 90 days before the date of the next district general election that would occur had the designation not been made and at least 90 days before the next statewide direct primary election provided for in Section 1201 of the Elections Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 231. Effective January 1, 1995.)


In an irrigation district containing 500,000 acres or more, the board shall, when changing the boundaries of the divisions of the district pursuant to Section 21605, make such boundaries coincide with general county election precincts as nearly as may be practicable while keeping such divisions as nearly equal in population as may be practicable.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 195.)


The board may:

(a) Provide for and create divisions or departments for management and operating purposes.

(b) Appoint department heads.

(c) Classify and reclassify employees.

(d) Fix the duties, terms, and time of employment.

(e) Provide for and fix salaries, compensation, and expenses of department heads, executives, and employees.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 70.)


All department heads, executives, and employees shall hold their employment at the will of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)


The board shall:

(a) Elect an assessor and a collector, and on and after 12 p.m. on December 31, 1971, elect a treasurer, each of whom shall hold office at the pleasure of the board.

(b) Fix and alter their respective compensations.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 33.)


The treasurer, assessor, and collector shall each qualify by taking and filing with the secretary the oath of office and shall give a bond to the district as required by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 33.)


The bond of the collector shall be in the sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more and shall be executed at the expense of the district by a surety company authorized to do business in the state, except if the gross revenue estimated by the board to be received by such district during the fiscal year does not exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), in which case the bond of the collector may be the sum of such estimated gross annual revenue of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 538.)


The bond of the treasurer shall be in a sum determined pursuant to the provisions of Article 3 (commencing with Section 21140) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 33.)


The board may:

(a) Appoint one person to hold the offices of assessor, treasurer, and collector.

(b) Segregate the offices and appoint a person to fill each office.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 33.)


The same person may hold the office of president, secretary, treasurer, assessor, and collector, or any of those offices.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 577, Sec. 2.)


The board of supervisors of the office county shall fill by appointment vacancies in the offices of directors, provided that any such appointed directors shall be required to run for election in the next succeeding general district election.

If within 60 days after a vacancy on the board of directors occurs the board of supervisors has failed to fill such vacancy, a special election may be called by the board of directors and held in the division affected, for the purpose of filling such vacancy. In the event there are more than two candidates at such special election, only a plurality will be required for election. The candidate elected at such special election shall fill the unexpired term of the vacating director.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1271.)

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