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Helix Water District Chief Is Staying on Through Jan. 31—or Perhaps Later

More than 60 applied for Mark Weston’s general manager job, expected to be filled by early March.

More than 60 people have applied for the job of Helix Water District general manager, hoping to succeed Mark Weston after a decade, the agency says.

But Weston won’t retire Friday as first reported.

“Mark Weston is staying until Jan. 31, and then the board will determine if we rotate through upper management for acting GM, or if Mark will be requested to contract for another month,” district spokeswoman Kate Breece said Wednesday.
 
She said it appears that the district will ask some candidates from out of state for interviews. The five-member board will conduct the interviews.

Otherwise, Breece says, “The process of selecting a new GM is going smoothly.”
 
“We had a good response to our request for applications, and  are currently going through the applications and indentifying those who will be selected for interviews.”
 
The district hopes to have the interviews complete by the end of February and be able to announce the board pick by early March, she said via email.

Weston announced his retirement in mid-October, and the district said he’d retire Dec. 30 with an annual pension of $110,000

The district says Weston, 61, plans to continue to be active in the water community and travel with his wife, Anne. They live in Poway. Before serving 10 years as GM, Weston spent three years as Helix’s director of engineering. 

La Mesa-based Helix Water District serves 262,000 customers in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, parts of Lakeside and Santee, and some of the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

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