San Joaquin Tributaries Authority was created by Allen Short for his retirement
By Carmen Sabatino
May 15th was the first official gathering in Turlock, the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority adopted its bylaws, elected officers, and discussed goals for the coming year. The joint powers member agencies include the Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale, Merced, South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Remember them, the SFPUC gave up the effort to buy our water for $700 an acre foot.
Allen Short, general manager of the Modesto irrigation district, was appointed as the executive director of the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority at its meeting. Joe Alamo of Turlock Irrigation District was elected chairman and Ralph Roos of South San Joaquin Irrigation District was elected vice-chairman.
Garth Stapley of the Modesto Bee reported that, "Departing MID general manager finds new work", and yet says that Short has been leading the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority since it was created in May.
Doug Elmets of Elmets communications who is paid $100,000 a year by the SJTA says Shorts hiring merely formalized the arrangement.
The Modesto Irrigation District and the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority are clients of Elmets Communication. It is not known what the MID has spent with Elmets for providing, "innovated public relations solutions, bringing clients added strategies and media relations, crisis communications, political analysis, and government relations. How much work has the MID bought from Elmets Communication.
Short's annual pay at the MID is $240,000. It is estimated he will be paid $195,000 in his new position with the Authority. The MID's contribution to pay for his new position could be $35,000.
Each of the six district members of the S JTA contribute $225,000 a year for its support. The budget for the Authority would include the pay for former MID attorney Tim O'Laughlin, Elmets Communications, as well as Allen Short.