A retirement deal for the Jurupa Community Services District manager who resigned this week amid a series of missteps raised some eyebrows, but is not unheard of, an analyst from Claremont McKenna College said.

Jurupa Community Services general manager Carole McGreevy stepped down this week after violating state law twice this year, but she will continue to receive her $13,853.50 salary and an $807.16 car allowance each month until Dec. 1, 2007, district documents show.

Board member R.M. "Cook" Barela said he voted against the retirement agreement when it was approved in May because he objected to the amount it paid McGreevy.

Another director, who partly blamed herself and others on the board for recent problems, abstained from the vote but said she believes McGreevy should receive some compensation because of her 18 years of service.

She oversaw all aspects of the rapidly growing district's business, including water and sewer operations and park development in Eastvale. The district also manages tens of millions of dollars that pay for the water and sewer lines and park development and maintenance in the Eastvale area.

The district has 21,000 connections in the unincorporated western Riverside County communities of Eastvale, Pedley, Glen Avon, Sunnyslope and parts of Mira Loma. It is also developing a park system in Eastvale.

Directors voted on the retirement package in May after McGreevy failed to notify them promptly that state health officials were investigating the district.

She was originally scheduled to depart Dec. 1, 2006, but her departure date was moved up to this week after the district received state fines and violated state law twice.

The agreement does not specify what McGreevy's duties will be during that time other than to say she will provide assistance to the interim general manager, documents show. She will not have an office in the Mira Loma headquarters.

Frank Lindsay, Mira Loma Valley Little League's incoming president, complained about problems, including overcharging the league for lighting fields and failing to notify residents of high nitrate levels in the water.

"It was our job to give direction to the general manager and if we don't give her that direction, how can we say she did anything wrong?" Bogart asked rhetorically.

Steven Frates, a senior fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College, isn't sure the retirement agreement amounts to good public policy.

"It gives the clear indication that board members are willing to tolerate some dubious activities on the premise that someone has been around for a while," he said.

Last September, the Rainbow Municipal Water District in northern San Diego County placed its general manager on paid administrative leave after the state's Department of Health Services cited the district after water in reservoirs tested positive for E. coli bacteria. He had worked there for more than three years.

The district later announced that the manager would receive one year's salary -- about $139,000 -- and insurance benefits upon his departure.

At the May meeting, Barela had proposed that McGreevy be immediately terminated with six months' severance pay. The motion failed to garner support.

Barela has called McGreevy unprofessional, insubordinate and a poor manager. He also has publicly questioned whether she had the education and credentials to perform the job.

David Lopez, general manager of the neighboring Rubidoux Community Services District, has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration.

Brian Brady, general manager of the Rancho California Water District, which serves Temecula and parts of Murrieta, is a civil engineer with three decades of experience in utility management.

"I don't recollect whether she had a college education," said Don Galleano, who sat on the district board that appointed McGreevy general manager in 1999.

John Rossi, general manager of Western Municipal Water District, said he worked with McGreevy frequently when he served as chief executive officer of the Chino Basin Watermaster.

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