Michael Frantz, a 32 year old Hickman farmer and businessman, was appointed by the TID Board of Directors by a unanimous vote of approval.
Frantz will take his Director seat on December 8, 2009. That is the same day newly announced TID Director Elects Ron Macedo, Division 5, and Joe Alamo, Division 3 will take their seats.
With an unprecedented amount of interest in the Turlock Irrigation District and Board of Director positions, the TID Board decided to appoint rather than call for a special election to fill the Board vacancy left by the recent death of Director Phil Short.
An Advisory Committee comprised of TID Board President Charles Fernandes and Director Rob Santos was sent with the duty of sifting through the eleven applicants who submitted resumes and information with the purpose of making recommendations that the entire TID Board would consider.
The Advisory Committee chose to recommend Mike Brem, John Eisenhut, and Michael Frantz to the Board.
TID Board President Charles Fernandes opened the discussion by saying that “TID is fortunate that so many people applied for this position.”
The recommended candidates were given three minutes to make presentations and were then questioned by the Board.
Mike Brem was not able to make the meeting due to a prior commitment to another Board he had to preside over. The recommended applicants were notified of their selection on Monday morning.
Director Randy Fiorini did question whether or not the Advisory Committee considered postponing the appointment process so Brem could give a presentation and answer questions.
President Fernandes stated that they did but that it could become unfair to the other candidates and pointed out that someone may not be able to make it the next time. Fernandes said that Brem is not disqualified from consideration but that the Board would not be able to hear a presentation or question the applicant.
Mike Brem did not send any prepared documents in place of his actual attendance.
The TID Board went on to hear presentations by John Eisenhut and Michael Frantz.
John Esienhut offered his board experience, business experience in agriculture, and financial investment knowledge to contribute to the TID Board that will have three new Directors who will be facing the difficult challenges of change, internally and externally.
Michael Frantz offered his business experience, desire, ambition, youth, and work ethic to honor the history of the Board that talks through decisions seeking consensus while looking toward technology and innovation to bring new opportunities to the rate payers and water users.
After the presentations a question and answer session consisted of Director Santos’ regarding major concerns of Division 1, past board experience and decision making examples and Director Fiorini’s questions of what they will give up to take on the commitment to TID, and what the applicants believe to be the biggest issue for TID in the next two years.
No other questions were asked.
Director Fiorini then opened up the Board discussion stating that he believed board experience was needed at TID and that he’d give the nod to John Eisenhut based on that. If he was talking about personal business and employee management, Fiorini would say Michael Frantz. Fiorini stated both applicants are excellent choices and the Board couldn’t go wrong.
Director Santos said that he stewed on the decision to appoint all night. Santos stated that both have impressive resumes but that he believed Frantz edged out Eisenhut a little bit on his enthusiasm for this position. Santos also acknowledged that Frantz brought the support of both farmers and rate payers while being an effective communicator.
Santos went on to make the nomination to appoint Michael Frantz. Mike Berryhill made the second, leading to a unanimous vote to appoint.