Former IID General Manager Kevin Kelley

Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley announced his retirement from the district Monday following a closed session meeting of the Board of Directors.

Reporting out of closed session, IID General Counsel Frank Oswalt said Kelley issued his retirement letter to the district effective Dec. 31, 2018, and that the board accepted that letter.

Neither Kelley nor the Board of Directors would comment immediately following the 2:30 p.m. announcement. All further questions and statements were being made through Oswalt.

“I think he’s decided he wants to go out and try new things,” Oswalt said after the meeting adjourned.

No succession plan was in place immediately following the meeting. Oswalt said no decisions on who would take over for Kelley have been made by the board.

Kelley, who indicated a statement would be coming through a press release from the district later Monday, has been general manager since 2011. He came on board at the IID in 2006 to head up its public affairs office.

Staff Writer Richard Montenegro Brown can be reached at 760-337-3452 or

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