New CSD chief appointed

New CSD General Manager Brent Dennis. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts.

The El Dorado Community Services District has a new general manager. The board of directors concluded a multi-month search and evaluation process on Thursday, Aug. 16, naming Robert “Brent” Dennis to the post effective Sept. 10.

Dennis, 54, is a landscape architect by trade, and currently wears multiple hats at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, serving as assistant director of park operations and director of both the Conservatory of Flowers and the Botanical Garden, according to park press releases.

He oversaw numerous capital projects, infrastructure upgrades and park improvements, according to a district press release, which also states that he currently oversees a full-time staff of 135, with more than 600 volunteers.

Earlier in his career Dennis managed non-profit botanical gardens in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, winning numerous awards for park design and beautification while developing management skills in planning and fundraising, he same district press release states.

Dennis will earn $142,500 annually. By comparison, his predecessor, John Skeel, earned $126,000.

Look for a more detailed profile of the new GM and an analysis of his employment contract in an upcoming issue of Village Life.

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  1. I feel bad for this guy. He already has one strick against him since the current board picked him. Hopefully he can help clean up the mess the board has created and the people can help later by voting new people in.

  2. This is the last straw! How much for a landscape architect? With benefits this man is going to cost the district over $300,000 a year! The average pay for a landscape architect in this area is at most $85,000. Why is this board spending almost double that? We need someone with community service experience, someone who has managed a district, not a horticulturist. Send a clear message this November, do not re-elect Fattock and Gertsch.

  3. I am running for EDH CSD. I’m a married mother of three and a self-employed CPA. I’m fiscally responsible and understand financial statements and budgets. I’ve been very active in my community and have lived in EDH for 17 years. The EDH CSD needs positive change and common sense decision-making. I will bring these qualities to our CSD. Please vote for me on November 6th! Please visit my website for more information: http://www.TerryForEDHCSD.com. Thank you!

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