The Helix Water District board of directors recently elected its 2013-2014 board officers. Chuck Muse, reelected by East County voters to a four-year term in the November general election, was elected by the board as board president and outgoing board president DeAna Verbeke will serve as board vice president. Both will serve two years in their positions.
Muse, who has served on the Helix board since 2004, also is a past board president. He served in the top post in 2007 and 2008. He is a life-long resident of East County and was the founding director of Home for Guiding Hands, a residential facility for the developmentally disabled. He continues to serve on the foundation’s board. Muse served as a board member of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce and as vice-chair of the San Diego Historic Site board. He also served for 14 years as a planning commissioner for the City of La Mesa, twice as its chairman. He continues to serve on the board of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Muse is Helix’s representative to the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority where he serves on the Executive Committee. He also is the district’s representative to the National Water Resources Association.
Also at a recent board meeting, Joel Scalzitti was sworn in for his first term following his November election victory. Scalzitti is a third-generation resident of East County, attending several schools and churches in the area. Scalzitti is a real estate agent specializing in east county properties and owner of a small water company that supplies a local construction project. He also serves on an advisory board for Grossmont Union High School’s “Pathway” program, which provides vocational training to students who wish to pursue careers in the automotive industry.
Helix Water District treats and distributes water to more than 260,000 people in La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove and parts of Spring Valley and Lakeside.

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