Established by a vote of the people and led by a publically elected board of directors, IID exists to serve the public. As such, its twofold mission of delivering water and electrical power to the communities that make up its service area is carried out with a public purpose. The business of IID is, by definition, the people's business. As a public agency that depends on the consent of the governed, the district's organizational structure and policy-making function are intended to be as open and transparent as possible.
Organized in 1911 under the California Irrigation District Act, the IID is governed by a five-member board of directors. Elected by the public, each director represents one of five political divisions within the Imperial Valley.
IID Board of Directors meetings start at 1 p.m. and are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. These meetings take place in the William R. Condit Auditorium, at 1285 Broadway, in El Centro.
Semi-annual meetings are held in the La Quinta Boardroom, at 81-600 Avenue 58, in La Quinta.
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2019 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule [PDF]
(dates and location subject to change)
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Division 1: Alex Cardenas
Division 2: Bruce Kuhn
Division 3: James C. Hanks
Division 4: Erik Ortega, President
Division 5: Norma Sierra Galindo, Vice President
Director Alex Cardenas represents IID Division 1, which includes much of El Centro, south and west of Brawley, Westmorland and the southwestern edge of the Salton Sea. He was elected to the IID board in the June 2018 primary.
Prior to the IID board, Mr. Cardenas was elected to the El Centro City Council in 2013 and served as mayor from 2016-2017.
Director Bruce Kuhn represents Division 2, which includes Heber, parts of El Centro and western Imperial County. Director Kuhn first served on the board from 1996-2004. He was elected in November 2012 for his third term and re-elected in the June 2016 primary. During his time as director, he has served as IID board president in 1999, 2004 and 2017.
A native of the Imperial Valley, Director Kuhn has been self-employed in the land leveling business since 1982. Prior to that, he worked as a police officer for 12 years with the El Centro Police Department. Director Kuhn attended Imperial Valley College where he majored in political science. He also studied law enforcement at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif., graduating from the Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.
His service includes:
Director Kuhn has also been recognized for his humanitarian efforts. In 2004, he was honored with the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award for public service.
Director Kuhn’s current term expires in December 2020.
Director James C. Hanks currently represents Division 3, which includes Brawley, Calipatria and Niland. He also serves on the state’s Colorado River Board. Director Hanks was elected to the board in the 2006 primary, but began serving as director following the May 2006 death of incumbent director Lloyd Allen (Mr. Hanks had been appointed by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy in July 2006). He was re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Director Hanks is a retired school superintendent, having worked in the education field for 38 years. He holds master’s, bachelor’s and associate of science degrees in counseling. He was raised in Brawley and attended Imperial Valley College, Southern Utah, San Diego State and the University of San Diego. He served as superintendent for the Calipatria Unified School District for 20 years. He was also principal for four years and assistant principal for seven years in Niland and Calipatria schools. Early in his career he was a teacher and an assistant principal in the Seeley Union School District.
His service includes:
He was a member of the Association of California School Administrators and has been a member of the Calipatria Lions Club for more than 25 years. He was honored by the Lions Club with the Melvin Jones Fellowship for community service.
Director Hanks’s current term expires December 2022.
Director Erik Ortega currently serves as president of the IID Board of Directors. He represents Division 4, which includes the majority of Calexico, south Heber and the IID service area along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Director Ortega was elected in the November 2016 general runoff election. Prior to being seated on the IID board, Mr. Ortega had served as trustee for the Calexico Unified District as school board president. He is also a Calexico businessman.
Director Norma Sierra Galindo currently serves as vice president of the IID Board of Directors, representing Division 5, which includes Imperial, Holtville and parts of Calexico and eastern Imperial County. Director Galindo was first elected to the board in a special election in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018.
Before serving as director, Ms. Galindo was appointed to IID’s Energy Consumers Advisory Committee where she served for eight years. In 2005, Director Galindo was elected to the Imperial Community College District Board of Trustees and served on its bond oversight committee. Director Galindo works as an instructor for Calexico High School’s Allied Health Professions program and as an educator for Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program’s Medical Assistant and Business Departments. She also operates a private interpretation and translation business.
A graduate of Calexico High School, Director Galindo was awarded a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from the University of California and holds a state teaching credential.
Her service includes:
Director Galindo’s current term expires December 2022.