Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with annual reorganization, naming Mike Sannella Board President for 2016


Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with annual reorganization, naming Mike Sannella Board President for 2016

San Marcos, CA – At a regular meeting held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Vallecitos Water District (Vallecitos) Board of Directors voted to move forward with their annual reorganization. Mike Sannella was elected unanimously to serve as president and Craig Elitharp to serve as vice president for 2016.

President Mike Sannella, Division 4 representative, was first elected to the District’s Board of Directors in 2014. President Sannella’s involvement in the community includes having served as a City Planning Commissioner, Vice President of the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, and Vice President of San Diego County Crime Stoppers. He currently works in the Defense and Aerospace industry and has over 17 years of business and security management experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and is a graduate of the Leadership North County program also through CSUSM. Sannella resides in San Marcos with his wife Amy and their daughter.

Vice President Craig Elitharp, Division 3 representative, was also elected to the Board in 2014. He retired from the Rancho California Water District in June 2014 with over 24 years of experience managing water and wastewater operations. For the past 10 years, he has served on the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Groundwater, Energy, and Water Quality Committees. Currently, Elitharp works part-time at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants as a senior engineer on various water-related projects and issues for Southern California clients. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry at Syracuse University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is also a registered civil engineer in the State of California and holds California Department of Public Health certifications as a Grade 5 Water Distribution Operator and Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator. Elitharp and his wife Diana have three children and live in the Walnut Hills area.

Sannella and Elitharp are joined by Directors Betty Evans, Division 1; Jim Hernandez, Division 2; and Hal Martin, Division 5, to form Vallecitos’ five-member Board. The Board meets regularly the first and third Wednesday of the month. Open to the public, the Board meetings start at 4:00 p.m. in Vallecitos’ Administration Building, 201 Vallecitos de Oro, in San Marcos. To increase transparency to ratepayers, Vallecitos airs its public meetings on San Marcos TV. Please visit for a complete programming schedule.

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  • Congratulations to Mike and the remainder of the Vallecitos Board of Directors. The Directors, along with the General Manager and staff, lead an excellent organization that provides a vital service to the community, especially during these difficult times.

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