EID redistricting advisory committee formed

By From page A1 | March 25, 2011

The El Dorado Irrigation District has begun 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.

The EID Board of Directors 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, 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.”

Division 1
Maryann Argyres of  has been 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. Argyre is also chair 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 Corp., 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 chair of the Death Valley Natural History Association. She 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.

Division 2
John Winner, Placerville, served 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. Winner 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 Assessors Association, and member of the state Timber Advisory Committee. For 20 years during his career in El Dorado County he taught fundamental and advanced real estate appraisal at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College. He owns a Christmas tree farm. He also is voluntarily assisting in mapping emigrant wagon roads for the United States Forest Service.

Division 3
Retired Judge Patrick J. Riley of Placerville is 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. Riley graduated from the University of Notre Dame and studied law at the University of California, Berkeley‘s Boalt School of Law. 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 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 Advocates organization. Since 2002 he has worked part-time as a retired assigned judge for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

Division 4
Denny Davis of Cameron Park has been a resident of the county for 33 years. Judge Davis, a graduate of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, retired as an administrative law judge for California’s Office of Administrative Hearings after 25 years of service. 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 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. 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 Davis enjoys piloting his own airplane and has restored a Model T Ford.

Division 5
Bob Luca has lived in El Dorado Hills 24 years. He 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. Luca 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. He 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 Advocates Board of Directors and volunteers his time to Furniture for Families.

EID staff liaison
General Counsel Tom Cumpston of Placerville was hirted by 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. Cumpston is on the Board of Directors of New Morning Youth and Family Services, and is a past chairman of the Placerville Community Pride Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 1981 and graduated first in his class from the Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law at the University of California, Davis in 1989.

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