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  ( Division 12 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 274. )


  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 274. )

CHAPTER 1. Officers and Employees Generally [30500 - 30547]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 274. )

ARTICLE 3. Other Officers and Employees [30540 - 30547]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 274. )


(a) The board shall, at its first meeting or as soon thereafter as practicable, appoint by a majority vote a general manager and a secretary.

(b) The board shall also, by majority vote, do either of the following:

(1) Appoint an auditor or treasurer to carry out the duties required by Section 30582 and other duties required by the board.

(2) Retain an auditor as an independent contractor, other than the auditor or treasurer appointed pursuant to paragraph (1), to conduct an annual audit of the district’s books, records, and financial affairs.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 906, Sec. 15. Effective October 8, 1993. Operative January 1, 1994, by Sec. 24 of Ch. 906.)


A director shall not be the general manager, secretary, treasurer, or auditor.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 454, Sec. 4.)


The general manager, secretary, treasurer, and auditor shall each receive the compensation determined by the board and shall serve at its pleasure.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 454, Sec. 5.)


The same person may serve as general manager and secretary, secretary and auditor, or secretary and treasurer.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 454, Sec. 6.)


The board may at any time appoint or employ and prescribe the authorities and duties of other officers, employees, attorneys, and engineers necessary or convenient for the business of the district, each of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 274.)


The general manager, secretary, auditor, treasurer, and other employees or assistants of the district, as required by the board, shall each give a bond to the district conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duties as the board may provide.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 454, Sec. 7.)


Any regular employee of a district who is a deputy sheriff, or who has successfully completed the peace officer training course described in subdivision (a) of Section 832 of the Penal Code, and is designated by appropriate resolution of the board, has the authority to issue citations in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 5c (commencing with Section 853.5) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code for violations of laws of the state and ordinances of a city, a county, or the district, respecting trespass upon, damage to, interference with, or contamination of, any water, watercourse, land, structure, or facility owned, used, or controlled by the district for any purpose.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 532, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1998.)


(a) A district may employ a suitable security force. The employees of the district that are designated by the general manager as security officers shall have the authority and powers conferred by Section 830.34 of the Penal Code upon peace officers. The district shall adhere to the standards for recruitment and training of peace officers established by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training pursuant to Title 4 (commencing with Section 13500) of Part 4 of the Penal Code.

(b) Every security officer employed by a district shall conform to the standards for peace officers of the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. Any officer who fails to conform to those standards shall not have the powers of a peace officer.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 853, Sec. 18. Effective January 1, 2000.)

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