New CSD chief moving here from Colorado

By: Eric Laughlin Telegraph correspondent
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Following an extensive search, the El Dorado Hill Community Services District has selected a Colorado man to replace retiring General Manager Wayne Lowery. John Skeel will bring 22 years of parks and recreation, and private sector management experience to a district that, like other local communities, has faced challenges associated with a troubled economy. “He brings with him experience in generating revenue and managing spending,” said district board member Tony Rogozinski. “That I believe, is key.” Rogozinski and the other five on the board conducted the final interview of Skeel and two others, following a five month-long screening process that looked at 70 applicants. Board President Noelle Mattock said she and others were impressed with Skeel’s record for establishing resourceful relationships with the private sector, but also with his track record for replacing a long-tenured manager. “We wanted someone who could come in and replace Mr. Lowery with ease,” Mattock said. “Mr. Skeel had shown success with replacing someone who’d been on for 20 years.” Lowery retired earlier this year after 20 years with the district, but recently ran and won a seat on a newly organized board of directors that will preside beginning next year. Skeel said he’s very excited about returning to California with his wife and three teen aged children. “My wife and I recently spent several days exploring the area and we very much look forward to the move,” he said Friday. “Colorado’s been great, but we sure won’t miss the weather.” Prior to taking on his current role as Executive Director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Skeel held a management role in San Ramon, Calif. He has a strong track record for building relationships with private corporations to seek out grants and other ways of funding. “That’s one of the things I plan to do is work on those kind of partnerships both in and out of the community,” he said. “And it helps because I already have contacts in the region.” Skeel expects to take the reins of the new position sometime around Jan. 10. He said his teen aged son is the only one in the family to show a little resistance over the move. “He’s got a girlfriend here in Colorado and he’s active in the Boy Scouts,” Skeel added. “But I’m sure he’ll fit in nicely in El Dorado Hills.”