Idyllwild Water District Director June Rockwell asked General Manager Tom Lynch during the public meeting of Aug. 16 whether he indeed had taken and failed the T2 exam three times. Lynch said he would not discuss the matter publicly.

Even after the story has been published online by the TC and in print in its issue dated Aug. 18, at least one IWD director, Michael Freitas, told the TC that his information was that Lynch had taken the T2 exam only once.

To alleviate doubt, the TC supplies online copies of: 1) three applications for T2 exams — each signed by Lynch — for exam dates of Nov. 15, 2014, May 16, 2015 and Nov. 21, 2015, each showing, after a redacted “Score:” number, that the exam was “(Failed)”; 2) his most recent application for a T2 exam, which was postponed from May 2016 to Nov. 2016; and 3) his signed letter to the TC dated Aug. 12 stating that IWD had no such records in its possession.

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