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March News Letter from new GM

Greetings:  I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as your new GM at the Spalding Community Services District.  For those I have not yet met, my name is Mike Wilson and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be a year-round resident of Spalding since February 2019 when I moved here after taking the job as the City Administrator for the City of Susanville.  Here are a few words to tell you a little about my story.

My girlfriend Pam and I bought a little place on Delwood Way and we’ve had the chance to enjoy all of the beautiful seasons here at Eagle Lake.  The drive to work in the summer was nice and relatively quick when the A-1 Road was open.  Winter was a little bit of a different story.  Forty plus miles to work, sometimes in the snow was not quite as enjoyable of a trip.  My goal of helping the City of Susanville stabilize itself after a challenging time of not being able to find a City Administrator and Police Chief had come to fruition and I felt it was nearing time to retire.    

As most of you are probably aware, there had been a vacancy for the GM position for quite some time here in Spaulding.  Some of our Staff and Board of Directors had done quite a bit here to keep things going for the CSD and for each of you as owners.  Through their generosity of volunteering to do the tasks expected of the GM position they found themselves buried in projects and work. 

One thing that had come up recently was the concerns of keeping our community safe from wildfire.  Unfortunately, and with the best of intentions, the Board and Staff quickly found this very sensitive issue had caused some disruption between the District and some property owners. As it turns out, this issue itself caught my attention and drew me in to take a close look at Spalding CSD. 

As the City Administrator in Susanville, I had my fair share of challenges.  Trying to manage a City with over 18 thousand people, half of which are incarcerated in two of our state prisons.  Managing a City with a challenging economic structure, underfunded services, unfunded liabilities, a fleeting financial future, crime and a challenging homeless issue.  In comparison, Spalding looked pretty good.

Keeping my eye on what was occurring right here in Spalding, I saw the job vacancy for General Manager come up. I thought hard and long.  Maybe this was the sign I was looking for. Retire from the City and apply for the vacant CSD General Manager job.

Most of my career was spent in Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Management.  A majority of that thirty-five-year career in management overseeing larger Cities and Special Districts.  A portion of that career working for the state in the Bay Area.  What a gift it would be for me to have the opportunity to live and work in this beautiful community of Spalding.  A place where I might actually be able to make a difference.

After applying and completing the competitive hiring process, I was offered the job.  So here I am!  I want to tell each of you how good it feels to be here to serve you.  As the GM, I want to be here to help provide the best service possible for our community and our outside property owners.  As our District mission statement reads: “Provide fire, emergency medical service, sewer, and recreational facilities to the community in an environmentally, ethically and fiscally responsible manner.”   

As a community member, you can count on me also.  I’m a member of the Spalding Volunteer Fire Department, I’m a good neighbor and I’ll be a friend. 

As we move forward in addressing the issues and concerns facing our community, I will be providing the Board with my experience in, Special District Law, Board Governance and Leadership.   Please also know that I am here for you.  Please feel free to e-mail or call me: 530-825-3258.  I’m in the office on Thursdays and Fridays each week. 

In order to help our staff reach you in the event of a question or emergency related to your property, please take a moment to update our records with your current contact information.  You can do this by simply sending me an e-mail and I will make sure your information matches our records.