Board of Directors


The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, the members of which are elected by the registered voters of the District to staggered four-year terms. The current directors, their occupations and the expiration dates of their terms are set forth below.

Directors Expiration of Term Occupation
Douglas Morgan
December 2018 Retired Economics Professor
Floyd Wicks
Vice President
December 2020 Small Business Owner
Richard Shaikewitz
December 2018 Retired
Sam Frye
December 2018 Ranch Foreman
Tobe Plough
December 2020 Independent Small Businessman
Committee Appointments
Operations Committee (Sam Frye and Floyd Wicks to serve, Douglas Morgan as alternate)
Finance Committee (Douglas Morgan and Tobe Plough to serve, Richard Shaikewitz as alternate)
Appeals Committee (Sam Frye and Tobe Plough to serve, Floyd Wicks as alternate)
Strategic Planning Committee (Richard Shaikewitz and Floyd Wicks to serve, Douglas
Morgan as alternate)


The District was enlarged on December 6, 1995, when the Summerland Water District was formally dissolved and merged with the District. At the November 7, 1995 election, the voters of the Summerland Water District approved the dissolution of the Summerland District and the reorganization for the Montecito Water District to assume the assets, obligations and responsibility for water service in the Summerland area.

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Meeting Dates

The Board of Directors meets once a month, on the fourth Tuesday. The meeting is held at 2:00 p.m. in the District's Office Board Room (583 San Ysidro Road).

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Montecito Water District is to provide an adequate and reliable supply of high quality water to the residents of Montecito and Summerland, at the most reasonable cost.

In carrying out this mission, the District places particular emphasis on providing outstanding customer service, conducting its operations in an environmentally sensitive manner, and working cooperatively with other agencies.

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W. Douglas Morgan - President

Director Morgan was formally sworn in as a District Director at the Board’s meeting of March 20, 2007.  He brings a significant professional background in economics and water resources to the District.  Doug retired in 2007 from UC Santa Barbara where he had been a professor of economics since 1967.  He received degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA. 

Doug and his wife have been residents of Montecito for over 30 years. He has been an adult leader for Boy Scout Troop 33 since 1978 and was instrumental in rebuilding the original Scout House at Manning park into the current Youth Center.

Doug serves on the Montecito Water District Board's Finance Committee  and as Board representative to the Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board.

Floyd E. Wicks - Vice President

Floyd has been a service-focused water industry leader for over thirty years. He has a proven track record managing industry change and delivering high performance. Floyd is a civil engineer with an advanced degree in Water Resources Engineering, a minimum of twenty-five years of progressive senior level experience in water operations management, regulatory affairs, information resource management, policy, and leadership. He is passionate about building coalitions, and positioning cross functional, diverse leadership teams for the future. Business success has come through his ability to plan strategically, assess situations, identify alternatives and move forward to implement solutions.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company from 1992 to 2009, Floyd defined and recommended operating and financial objectives; developed short and long term plans and programs with supporting budget and financial estimates; and submitted proposals to the Board of Directors for approval. He was instrumental in advising and assisting the Board in consideration and determination of the objectives, policies and other basic controls required for the most effective management and delivery of water to customers. He successfully secured the services of outside agencies or consultants to examine, investigate, or facilitate changes in operations, procedures, or methods to always ensure the best service possible.

Floyd supported transforming American States Water to a learning organization, resulting in approval of a defined business unit – Employee Development University – by the California Public Utility Commission, resulting in accredited courses for employees. He introduced the first 24/7 Customer Service Center in the private water sector, and approved the Service Leadership Academy to enable the company to attract, develop and retain top talent. Under his tenure, the dividend payout to shareholders increased each year from 1990 through 2008; extending the record to 55 consecutive years of increasing dividend payouts to shareholders.

Floyd has lived in Montecito for 25 years, with his wife, Diana (Dee Dee) and son, Brandon, who now lives in the Los Angeles area of Silver Lake. He enjoys traveling and is still very active in the water community, continuing to support the non-profit Water for People organization and holds an Ambassador designation with that group. Floyd is the principal of his private water consulting firm, founded in 2009.

Richard Shaikewitz - Director

Richard joined the Montecito Water District Board in December, 2006. He was a trial lawyer in the Midwest for 35 years before he retired to Montecito. He previously served on the board of the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, and was on its finance and audit committees. He was on the board of the Montecito Association for 6 years. For 4 of those years he served as its secretary, and has also chaired its Land Use Committee.

Previously Richard headed the Music Academy of the West’s Wine Auction and Summer Fund Raising Festival, and has served on the Santa Barbara Board of the American Institute of Food and Wine, and the Lobero Theatre.

For the past 14 years he has been a non-commercial wine maker, and headed the Los Cinco Locos wine making group.

He is serving in his seventh year as a Director of the Montecito Water District. He is a former President of its Board, and is currently on its Operations and Public Information Committees, Central Coast Water Authority and the Santa Barbara County Special Districts Association. He has also served on the Finance and Appeals Committees.

In his duties with the Central Coast Water Authority he has served as the elected Chairman, and is now its Vice Chairman. He is a Director of the Santa Barbara County Special Districts Association, and has served as its elected Vice President.

Samuel Frye - Director

Sam has been a Montecito resident since 1980. He is the Manager of Rancho San Carlos, a lemon and avocado ranch.  Most recently, he served as President of the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau.  Sam currently serves on the County Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Farm Bureau Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  Since its inception in 2003 Sam has served as a board member of the Southern San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties Agricultural Watershed Coalition. The Coalition represents five agricultural entities in the development and implementation of voluntary, cost effective, producer-directed programs to protect and enhance water quality in the Southern San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County watersheds. Sam joined the Board of Directors of the Montecito Water District in December 2006.

Sam currently serves on the Montecito Water District Board's Operations and Appeals Committees.

Tobe Plough - Director

Tobe is the founder of Plough & Associates, a 23 year practice specializing in management consulting for Fortune 15 energy companies' infrastructure projects. The company provides counsel on complex public policy questions utilizing expertise in intra-government relations, public finance, regulatory compliance, construction activities and infrastructure development. He earned a degree in finance and accounting from UCSB, and has provided trust management services to private clients for 17 years.

Tobe's local contributions are significant. He has served as former Grand Jury Foreman and introduced performance based budgeting at the County of Santa Barbara. Recent accomplishments include co-founding the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and serving as president, vice-president and continuous involvement on the Bowl Facilities Committee during the planning and construction of its $40 million renovation project. He also served as officer on the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association, was appointed to the Santa Barbara City College Bond V Oversight Committee, and served as former president of Friends of the Channel Islands National Park.

Tobe and his wife Sally Bromfield have been residents of Montecito for 37 years.




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