Staff Report

General Manager Jeff Hodge of the Santa Ynez Community Service District has been elected as the incoming board president of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) for 2020. 

Hodge has more than 20 years of experience managing special districts, including districts that provide fire, police, water, sewer, trash, cemetery, roads, street lights, parks and recreation, and drainage. He has experience in writing, introducing, and shepherding legislation for special districts; permitting and constructing new water and wastewater facilities; and upgrading existing facilities.

“Special districts fulfill a needed role in providing necessary services in our communities,” Hodge said. “I am excited about my upcoming year as the CSDA president and look forward to increasing the awareness of the important and vital role that special districts play in our communities. I value the resources and support that CSDA provides to special districts to help them fulfill their mission.” 

Hodge has a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration. He received his special district administrator (SDA) certification in August 2018.

The CSDA board of directors consists of 18 members elected from six statewide networks for three-year terms. Board officer positions are elected annually to serve on the CSDA executive committee. 

The California Special Districts Association is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy, and other services for all types of independent special districts.