The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s board of directors is expected to meet in closed session Thursday and fire CEO Beau Goldie.
An agenda for a closed session meeting says the head of the water district, which is responsible for whole-selling water and providing flood control for 1.9 million people, will be the subject of “separation/discipline/dismissal/release.”
Another item on the agenda says an appointment will be made for an acting CEO. Possible successors to Goldie are not known at this time.
Goldie’s job status has been up in the air for the better part of a year. He came under fire last spring after concerns were raised about contracts he signed with RMC Water and Environment, which is owned in part by the husband of one of Goldie’s top deputies. Goldie did not disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
Since that time, internal documents leaked and inadvertently released to the press suggest Goldie violated several district rules on the awarding of public contracts. The district has refused interview requests with Goldie for the last few months.
Goldie became CEO of the district in 2009. He worked his way up the ranks after joining the agency in 1984.
UPDATE: Board chair Barbara Keegan and Beau Goldie released the following joint statement Thursday evening:
After 31 years at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, including nearly seven years of leading the organization, CEO Beau Goldie is retiring/resigning effective Jan. 15, 2016.
Mr. Goldie said “It has been a privilege and an honor to have served at the district, and I am very proud of what district employees and its management teams have accomplished together on behalf of our customers and communities in Santa Clara County.”
Among the district achievements under Mr. Goldie’s leadership are:
- Opening of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center;
- Establishing the district as a leader in the state in terms of drought response;
- Accelerating a purified water program to develop drought-proof supplies to help with future droughts and climate change impacts;
- Seeing the successful passage and early implementation of the 15-year Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, which voters passed with nearly 74% support in November 2012;
- Improving the Asset Management Program to protect and efficiently maintain investment in district assets;
- Developing and implementing programs to ensure a sustainable workforce in the future as a wave of Baby Boomer retirements is expected; and
- Improving organizational performance and transparency through a comprehensive Management Audit Program.
Board Chair Barbara Keegan said, "The board would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Goldie for his 31 years of dedicated service to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. During his tenure as CEO, he brought stability to the organization and delivered high quality services to the people of our community. The board appreciates all the contributions Mr. Goldie has made and we wish him the very best in his retirement."
CEO Goldie added, “The district has excellent, experienced and dedicated staff that can continue to implement the programs that deliver the critical services that support our community and the economy.”
The acting CEO position will be filled on a rotating basis by the three chief operating officers (COO) starting with COO Jim Fiedler. This rotation will continue until an interim CEO can be selected. The interim CEO will be chosen from internal candidates; the board intends to move expeditiously to fill this position. The intent is for the interim CEO to serve until the board can select a permanent CEO.