EID forms redistricting advisory committee
PLACERVILLE — The El Dorado Irrigation District has initiated the process of completing its mandatory legal duty to adjust its division boundaries, using the 2010 census as a basis, to ensure that population is evenly distributed among the district’s five divisions and the other criteria specified by the California Elections Code 22000(a) are considered.
The EID Board of Directors recently authorized General Counsel Tom Cumpston to form an advisory committee made up of members from each of EID’s five divisions to develop recommendations for redistricting. Once recommendations are developed, proactive public outreach will be conducted to help guide the redistricting effort.
Five individuals with diverse backgrounds and strong ties to the community from each of the five divisions were selected to serve on the Redistricting Advisory Committee, along with Cumpston who will serve as staff liaison.
“I’m honored to be working with such eminent and respected community members,” said Cumpston. “Each one has relevant expertise and an outstanding record of public service, and each is committed to a thorough process and a fair outcome.”
Maryann Argyres, Camino. Maryann, a resident of El Dorado County for 38 years, has been a member of the Apple Hill Growers Association for that entire time, serving as president for six of those years and currently serving as secretary of the board. Maryann is also chairperson of the El Dorado County Economic Development Advisory Committee, and a member of many other county non-profit boards and committees, including the Sierra Economic Development Corporation, Farm Bureau, Ag Water Quality, Ag Water Education, and Camino Community Action Committee. She is also a founding member of the Farm Trails Association as well as vice-chairperson of the Death Valley Natural History Association. Maryann retired from the Camino Post Office after 24 years and owns a small apple orchard. She is a graduate of California State University, Hayward, with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.
John Winner, Placerville. John’s long career includes serving for 26 years as assessor of El Dorado County. He retired in 2002. Prior to that, he worked in Kern County directing the Assessor’s Agriculture Division. John holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Cal Poly Pomona and has served on numerous boards and commissions including past president of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the California Assessor’s Association, and member of the Timber Advisory Committee for the state of California. For 20 years during his career in El Dorado County, he taught fundamental and advanced real estate appraisal in the Los Rios Community College District. In retirement he enjoys owning and operating a choose and cut Christmas tree farm. Being a history buff, John is voluntarily assisting in mapping emigrant wagon roads for the U.S. Forest Service.
Patrick J. Riley, Placerville. A 52-year resident of El Dorado County, Judge Riley practiced law for 30 years prior to being elected as El Dorado County Superior Court Judge in 1988. He retired in 2001 after serving on the bench for 13 years. Judge Riley graduated from the University of Notre Dame and studied law at the University of California, Berkeley‘s Boalt School of Law. Judge Riley worked for a few years as an adjunct professor for the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He has served on a number of professional boards including the State of California Board of Accountancy and California Juvenile Court Judges Executive Board. He has also served on a number of community boards including Marshall Medical Center, El Dorado Union High School and El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and was the organizer of the El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocate organization. Since 2002 he has worked part-time as a retired assigned judge for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.
Denny Davis, Cameron Park. Judge Davis, a graduate of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, retired as an administrative law judge for the State of California’s Office of Administrative Hearings after 25 years of service. Judge Davis has also worked as a lawyer in private practice for a number of years, as well as a deputy Sergeant of Arms for the California State Assembly for three years. In his early career he worked as a tour guide for the state Capitol as well as a fireman for the city of Sacramento. A 33-year resident of El Dorado County, Judge Davis has served as an advisory board member for Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center, board member of the Cameron Park Airpark Community CC&R Committee, is a member of Civitan International — an organization dedicated to assisting children with disabilities — and is a member of the Placerville Elks Club. In his spare time, Judge Davis enjoys piloting his own airplane and has restored a Model T Ford.
Bob Luca, El Dorado Hills. Bob, a resident of El Dorado Hills for 24 years, holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Peace Officers and Standards Command College and the FBI Executive Management Program. Bob retired from the California Department of Justice as bureau chief for the California Bureau of Investigation after 30 years. He also previously worked as director of Global Security at E*Trade for seven years. Bob currently works part-time for the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office as a criminal investigator. He serves on the El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocate Board of Directors and volunteers his time to Furniture for Families.
EID Staff Liaison
General Counsel Tom Cumpston. Tom started work with the district in October 2002. Before joining EID, he was deputy county counsel and principal assistant county counsel for El Dorado County, starting in 1993. Tom is on the Board of Directors of New Morning Youth and Family Services, and is a past chair of the Placerville Community Pride Committee.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) in 1981 and graduated first in his class from the Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Law (University of California, Davis) in 1989. He and his wife Kris make their home in Placerville.