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Vista Irrigation District Accepts Statewide Award for Governance and Transparency (October 15, 2018)

The Vista Irrigation District (district) has received a major statewide honor, the District of Distinction Gold Recognition award.  Additionally, assistant general manager Brett Hodgkiss received recognition for completing the Special District Administrator certification.

The District of Distinction recognition is awarded by the Special District Leadership Foundation to special districts that show their commitment to good governance, transparency, prudent fiscal policies and sound operating practices.  Gold Recognition requires all directors and the general manager to complete the Special District Leadership Academy and 10 hours of continuing education and that the district receive the Transparency Certificate of Excellence in recognition of its efforts to promote transparency in operations and governance to the public.  The district is one of only three special districts to receive Gold Recognition.

Mr. Hodgkiss received recognition for the completion of the Special District Administrator (SDA) certification.  To earn SDA certification, Mr. Hodgkiss had to pass an examination covering different aspects of special district governance and meet stringent requirements including educational attainment, professional experience and continuing education specifically related to special districts and local government, including ethics training.  An achievement that reflects Mr. Hodgkiss’ commitment to ensuring local government meets the highest standards.

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