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Col. Dietmeier passes away

Nov. 15 - We were very saddened to learn that former Director Dick Dietmeir passed away this morning.

Below is an article we ran regarding his retirement from the board. 

Elected representatives throughout South Orange County took time to recognize retiring board member Richard “Dick” Dietmeier. He is retiring after 14 years serving the communities of Dana Point, South Laguna Beach, and portions of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Dietmeier announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election after his term ends on December 2.

Senator Pat Bates’ office, Assemblyman William Brough’s office, Director Susan Hinman and Assistant General Manager Karl Seckel of the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), State Board of Equalization representative Diane Harkey, the 5th Marine Support Group, the City of Dana Point, and South Coast Water District presented resolutions and proclamations commending Director Dietmeier on his service.

“Dick worked relentlessly on behalf of the District,” observed Karl Seckel. “His no-nonsense, disciplined, ‘let’s get it done’ attitude was effective.” Director Susan Hinman recalled Dick was always up before dawn scouring the streets near Dana Point Harbor looking for runoff from sprinklers.

Diane Harkey took his knowledge of the streets of Dana Point even deeper. “No one knows what goes on better than you under the streets of Dana Point. You really have the underbelly of this city under control.”

Director Rayfield and Director Dietmeier

Following a distinguished 25-year career, Dietmeier retired in 1987 from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel. His military service included 28 months in the Vietnam conflict as well as supervisory and staff positions in logistics, intelligence, airborne observation, and amphibious vehicles and equipment testing. For 10 years, he was a defense industry consultant. He served on the City of Dana Point’s Ocean Water Subcommittee and is an active member of the Dana Point Civic Association and Dana Point Historical Society, and the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group.

As a Director for South Coast Water District for 14 years, Dietmeier served as President of the Board for three consecutive years. In this capacity, he has supported, facilitated, and taken head-on critical issues and projects for the District and its customers. His accomplishments included initiating televised Board meetings, championing water conservation and recycled water use. He led efforts to diversify water supplies via groundwater and ocean desalination and supported a Zero Sewer Spill policy through preventive maintenance, and capital improvements. He supported advanced new customer services including monthly billing, online services, and automated meter reading.

After retiring from the South Coast Water District Board of Directors, Dietmeier plans to remain involved in the Dana Point community where he lives with his beautiful partner Nancy Jenkins.

The District will miss Director Dietmeier’s wit and keen insights at its Board meetings and expects to continue to receive his honest, straightforward words of wisdom. His contributions and accomplishments will be remembered for many years to come.