Westlands GM gets contract extension despite grower objections

December 21, 2021
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Tom Birmingham, general manager Westland Water District. SOURCE: California State University Fresno
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

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During a contentious Westlands Water District meeting on Tuesday where growers spoke out against district leadership, board members voted 8-1 to extend General Manager Tom Birmingham’s contract another three years.

As has been the district’s recent practice, the contract extension came a year before Birmingham’s contract expires.

Westlands growers criticized Birmingham, expressed frustration at the priorities of the district and denounced the early contract extension.

“I did not move from a dictatorship into a democracy…to

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