NIH: Watercott Ends 20 Years of Service

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Watercott ends 20 years of service to Northern Inyo Healthcare District

Pete Watercott will step down March 31st from the Northern Inyo  Healthcare District's Board of Directors after 20 years of service; the District announced Thursday morning.

Watercott, who has had a hand in everything from the development of the Rural Health Clinic, to the construction of the main two-story hospital, submitted his letter of resignation to his colleagues at Wednesday's night regular board meeting.

The move gives the District 60 days to seek letters of interest, assemble a nomination committee, and conduct interviews before appointing a replacement. The person appointed shall hold office until the next general election scheduled 130 days or more after the date of Watercott's resignation (November 2018). Watercott, whose term would have expired in November, represented Zone III, which consists of a large portion of the downtown Bishop area.

"It's a good time to pass the baton," Watercott said in an interview earlier this week. "When I first came on the board, my energy level was high. I had a lot to learn, and that was all part of it, but I think now somebody new could bring a lot of energy to the board and make a positive impact."

Watercott acknowledges that many people see him as a keeper of NIHD's institutional knowledge, but the five-term director scoffs at the idea that role is custom-made for him. "The past is important," he said. "We always have to know where we came from, but the future is the most important direction. We always have to look forward and see where we can go."