IID Board, General Manager Agree To Separation Agreement, Continuing Role

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors and General Manager Brian J. Brady met in closed session today and agreed on the terms of a separation agreement that would see him remain as an employee through April 14, 2011.   The vote to approve the agreement was unanimous.   IID board President Stella Mendoza made the announcement and thanked Dr. Brady for his valuable service to the district.   During his nearly 3-year tenure at IID, Brady reorganized the Energy Department and launched a revamped Supply & Trading platform that significantly reduced its natural gas supply costs and instituted organizational efficiencies throughout the department. In 2008, he led the effort to develop a board-approved strategic plan that establishes an organizational roadmap for the next decade and beyond.   On the water side, he was responsible for negotiating a price redetermination with the San Diego County Water Authority that resulted in an infusion of $50 million to be used for system conservation under the Quantification Settlement Agreement and the nation’s largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer it initiated. Most recently, he authorized the early release of 42,250 acre-feet of IID entitlement water to be stored in the Salton Sea to meet the district’s water transfer mitigation requirements through June of 2012.   “I have appreciated my time at the district and the positive direction we have been able to chart for the future,” Brady said. “I look forward to continuing in an advisory role and helping the IID to advance its mission as a public agency that is responsible to the people that it serves.”   Kevin Kelley, assistant to the general manager, was named interim general manager until the Feb. 1 board meeting, when his interim appointment can be properly agendized and acted on in open session. The vote was 3-2.