Three seats on the board of directors for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District are up for election in November. LaRon Garrett, Guy Pfister and Patrick Underwood currently hold the seats.
According to sanitary district general manager Joel Goode, all three men will seek new, four-year terms on the board. If no other candidates file for the openings by the Aug. 8 deadline, there will be no election, the men will simply be reappointed by the Gila County Board of Supervisors, Goode said. He said the “no election” rule was put in place by the Legislature several years ago. No one has challenged for a seat on the board through the last two election cycles. All board members serve four-year terms, with staggered elections held every two years, Goode said.
Garrett has been on the NGCSD board for seven years; Pfister has served for six years; and Underwood has been a director for about two-and-a-half years, Goode said.
Also on the board are Robert Sanders, who is chairman and has served since 1995, and Bill Easton, who will be attending only his second meeting when the group meets at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the NGCSD training room at its Doll Baby Ranch Road site.
To run for a seat on the board, a candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the district, which includes most of Payson and the Mesa del Caballo subdivision.
The regular meeting of the NGCSD board is at noon, the second Thursday of every month, the change this month to Wednesday was made to accommodate a member’s schedule conflict, Goode said. Agendas for the meeting are posted at the Payson Town Hall and NGCSD facility