Board of Directors

The Board

A five-member Board of Directors, elected from geographic division, governs the District. The Board manages through an appointed general manager and four department heads.

The Board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 2:00 P.M. in the Board room at the District offices, 29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center, California. The public is welcome to attend.

Monday holidays will postpone meetings until Tuesday.

Valley Center MWD Elected Board of Directors

Gary Broomell

Board President

A long-time member of the community and Board of Directors, Gary Broomell oversees the farming of citrus, garden crops, hay, wine grapes and operations of the Triple B Ranches Winery. Gary was involved in youth sports and is also a former member of the Valley Center School District Board of Trustees.

Elected Division: Three
Occupation: Citrus Grower
Since 1970

Robert Polito

Vice President

Bob Polito is involved in the direct marketing of his Polito Family Farms products all over southern California through local and regional Farmer’s Markets in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Frequently involved in civic matters, he served as President of the Valley Center High School Foundation from 2010 until 2014.

Elected Division: One
Occupation: Farmer, Rancher
Since 1989

Dr. Merle Aleshire, PhD


Representing the northwest unincorporated Escondido and Meadows Area of the District, Merle was a long-time aerospace executive. An avid golfer, he has also been active in many civic and youth organizations, such as the San Diego Council of Boy Scouts, and served as a Trustee for the Escondido Unified School District.

Elected Division: Five
Occupation: Retired Aerospace Executive
Since 1997

Randy Haskell


A Valley Center native, Randy is a former US Army Officer, farm manager and is currently a property manager and real estate agent. He has also been active in the California Avocado Commission’s Production Research Commission, Valley Center Ag Booster, and has coached Little League, Pop Warner, Youth Soccer and High School Football.

Elected Division: Two
Occupation: Farmer
Since 2001

Enrico Ferro


Valley Center MWD’s newest director was appointed to fill a vacancy in Division 4 on February 16, 2016.  Enrico is an avocado grower and pest control advisor for citrus and avocado groves.  He is currently the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Asian Citrus Psyllid Grower Liaison for San Diego County and also serves as Second Vice President on the San Diego County Farm Bureau.

Elected Division: Four
Occupation: Farmer
Since 2016