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Mattock says more to be done in El Dorado Hills

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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EL DORADO HILLS CA - Noelle Mattock has been busy pounding the pavement, knocking on doors and shaking hands with voters, but it’s the behind-the-scenes policy work that really gets her going. Mattock, who was raised in El Dorado Hills, is seeking a second term on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District in the Nov. 6 election. Following the termination of former General Manager John Skeel, which drew a lot of media attention, voters are eager to discuss the issue, but Mattock is tight-lipped on the subject. She said she’s not able to discuss Skeel, his termination or his reported settlement. With all the hoopla surrounding the board over the last few years, why is she seeking another term? She said it’s to finish what was started. Why should voters give you another chance? “We have a good track record, especially during the fiscal times we face. We faced deficit spending and we turn that around. We built a healthy reserve while delivering major projects and increasing programming and our services.” What’s the biggest issue facing the CSD? “The misperception of the lack of transparency and mismanagement.” How will you dispel some of that? “I will continue to push the district to get out in the community to hold their meetings and work with (other community) groups. … In the short time Brent Dennis has been here, he’s seen there are ways we can improve outreach in the community. For mismanagement, efficiencies continue to be gained (and) services and programs haven’t been cut in a noticeable way.” What are your top three accomplishments? “Preventing deficit spending. Right-sizing the district so benefits and salaries are at a sustainable level. We reduced it from 64 percent to 44 percent (of budget). In a community that isn’t built out, that’s important. Lastly, improving all the parks we have in a down economy.” Why are you running again? “Because we’re half way there (with) what we set out to do three years ago. Not four years, because the first year was (spent) listening. The board is on a specific direction … to be more responsive to the public. We have more plans in place I’d like to see to fruition. … We need to get a strategic plan in place so the community can look at it and see if we have reached our goals.” Tell us a little about yourself. “I grew up in El Dorado Hills. I went to Jackson, Rescue and was in the third graduating class at Oak Ridge High School. The team sports I was involved in taught me leadership and teamwork to make me the person I am today.” What do you do for a living? “I am a policy analyst for CH2M Hill, a national consulting engineering firm and I review state legislation. A lot of our districts (in the county) are special districts, so I have an understanding of how state legislation affects our districts.”