In the posted agenda for the Idyllwild Water District’s Jan. 16 meeting are the items for hiring the new general manager, Michael Creighton, and a chief operation officer, Joel Sears.

Creighton has worked at Mt. San Jacinto College as a water technology instructor. His salary will be $104,833 annually.

Sears was hired to fill the new position of chief operation officer. However, another item on the agenda will review this position and reclassify it as field supervisor. He will oversee both the water and sewer departments. Sears’ salary will be $92,791 annually plus benefits.

Both agreements have a clause augmenting the salary by $500 monthly if they reside within 6 miles of Idyllwild.

The board also indicated it would consider arranging a meeting for the community and customers to meet the two new employees.

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