Modesto Irrigation District official retires

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 9, 2014 

  • More information

    The Modesto Irrigation District board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in a newly remodeled chamber at 1231 11th St., Modesto.

High-level turnover at the Modesto Irrigation District continues with today’s semiretirement of Tom Kimball, assistant general manager over electric transmission and distribution.

None of former general manager Allen Short’s top-tier administrators remains in the same position since Short’s departure started the exodus a little more than a year ago.

The sole holdout is Short’s successor, General Manager Roger VanHoy, who, like Kimball, had been one of Short’s four assistants. The other two also retired in the past year.

The turnstile continues rotating at other levels, with three new board members, among five total, elected in November, and 40 percent of the utility’s 411 employees eligible to retire this year.

Kimball will be 63 by the time he officially leaves June 30. “He will be in and out” until then, working on various projects but not as a top manager, spokeswoman Melissa Williams said. Before coming to MID in 1993, Kimball worked as Oakdale area manager for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Ed Franciosa, electrical engineering manager and a 17-year MID employee, will fill Kimball’s spot as an interim assistant general manager.

Meanwhile, no one has replaced former assistant general manager for water Walter Ward – even on an interim basis – since he left abruptly three months ago.

MID’s transmission and distribution division’s 150 workers make sure power is delivered to homes and businesses.

Short left after the MID board investigated him for an undisclosed reason.

New board members Paul Campbell, Jake Wenger and John Mensinger will attend their second board meeting Tuesday.

Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service