The Turlock Irrigation District (TID) Board of Directors voted unanimously on March 15, 2011, to hire current Interim TID General Manager Casey Hashimoto as the sixth General Manager in the distinguished history of the District.
Hashimoto was appointed Interim General Manager by the TID Board of Directors in August 2010 and was given a ten percent salary increase for taking on the out of class job duties, making his new salary $195,568 a year. The former TID General Manager Larry Weis departed to manage Austin Energy and was making $277,188 a year with an additional benefit package.
Since then, TID President Rob Santos appointed Directors Ron Macedo and Charles Fernandes, the Board veteran, to participate on a GM Recruitment Committee which consists of TID’s general counsel and its director of human resources. Ralph Anderson and Associate, a corporate recruiting firm based in Rocklin, was hired to conduct the nationwide search for TID General Manager applicants.
Director Charles Fernandes announced that the TID’s reputation for being a leader in both water and power generated a lot of interest. The recruitment firm received 59 applications by people coming from California and 18 other states throughout America, along with 3 applications from people in three different foreign countries (Peru, India and Macedonia).
Director Fernandes said that the applicant list was narrowed down to 6 finalists by the recruitment committee for the entire TID Board of Directors to interview.
Director Ron Macedo announced that the recruitment committee’s recommendation was to select Casey Hashimoto as the new TID General Manager.
The TID Board concluded their extensive nationwide search that began back in September 2010 by stating that they believe the right man for the job is already doing the job and voted unanimously to hire Casey Hashimoto as the new TID GM.
"I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to further serve the District that has become an integral part of my life during the past 25 years,” said Hashimoto. “I fully accept this new leadership role and intend to use my knowledge and experience to navigate the District through known and unknown opportunities and challenges”
TID General Manager Hashimoto’s annual salary will be $195,500 with a $700 monthly vehicle allowance, mileage reimbursement according to current TID policy, $100 cellular allowance, and regular managerial benefits as they currently stand or change to in the future.
Hashimoto’s annual salary will remain unchanged from what he was getting when he accepted the Interim GM position 10 percent salary increase from his previous position’s regular pay.
TID Director Ron Macedo reported that Hashimoto was alright with the salary arrangement.
Before accepting the interim position, Hashimoto was previously the Assistant General Manager of Electrical Engineering and Operations and held that title since 2001. He is a 25-year veteran of the District, and was responsible for spearheading the design and operation of District distribution lines, transmission lines, substation and communications projects. In addition, he managed various technical studies and manages customer contact for large commercial, industrial and residential development projects within the District.
During his career with TID, Casey Hashimoto has worked on several major transmission line, substation and power plant projects. He has been involved in the permitting, design, construction and commissioning of these projects. He has served as the electric system protection engineer and has been the project manager on several substation projects.
Hashimoto is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and is a licensed professional electrical engineer in the State of California.
TID Board President, Rob Santos stated, "The Board believes Casey’s unique blend of skills, TID-specific knowledge, practical experience, and leadership abilities made him the best candidate for the position. The Board looks forward to working with him to continue developing the District and enhancing services to our customers."
After the decision, TID GM Hashimoto said, “I did not plan on applying for the TID GM position when Larry announced that he was leaving, I thought about it but I did not know. When I was asked, I was very excited to take the interim position, and then after trying it out for a few months I decided I wanted to apply for the General Manager position.”
After the TID Meeting, Director Fernandes explained that many of the applicants were very qualified but some only had experience in the power industry and no experience with the water issues that TID deals with extensively.
TID Director Macedo, who was elected to the TID Board in November 2009, said that he was not surprised that Casey Hashimoto applied for the job or that he rose to the top, but was surprised at how well known TID is throughout the utility industry.
“I was surprised how many knew of TID and how highly thought of we are out there in the industry, not only statewide but nationwide,” said Director Macedo about what he was able to experience during the hiring process. “I want to give credit to the previous Board and the history of TID.”
Director Fernandes has been on the Board since 2001 and was still just as excited about the same TID status Director Macedo spoke of.
“I think the most interesting part of the hiring process was that we learned as a Board what we all want and how we came together to come to a conclusion,” said Director Macedo.
TID Board President Santos explained that by the recruitment committee appointment of Director Macedo, who was really interested in working through the recruitment process, and Director Fernandes, the Board veteran, TID presented a very democratic process and the confidence in each other to fulfill different lead roles as Board Members.
The TID President also commented on Casey Hashimoto’s salary agreement and that he feels it’s not just about monetary value, but an important direction he believes his Board is leading.
“I would have thought that part of the negotiation process would be for Casey to at least get close to what Larry (the former TID GM) was making,” said President Santos. “I believe Casey’s agreed upon salary of no increase is representative of this Board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and that Casey looks to lead with that same commitment as well.”
“It’s very honorable to be chosen from among all the other qualified candidates,” said Hashimoto. “TID is a leader in the public power arena here in California and I look forward to helping move TID forward with progress.”
About the Turlock Irrigation District (TID)
The Turlock Irrigation District, located in Turlock CA, is the first publicly owned Irrigation District and is one of only four today that provides irrigation water and power to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers within its service area. TID has been in the retail electric business since 1923. TID, provides safe, low-cost, reliable energy to a growing customer base that today exceeds 98,000 home, farm, business, industrial and municipal accounts. TID also serves 5,800 irrigation customers covering approximately 150,000 acres of farmland. For more information about TID visit www.tid.com.