The Finance Committee reviews budgetary and other financial matters.
I was appointed to the Board to fill a vacancy in March 2018, and ran unopposed in November 2018 for reelection to a 4-year term. I spent 8 years in the US Navy as a Nuclear Propulsion Plant Engineer, and the last 25 years designing and selling commercial heating systems. I'm currently pursuing a degree in political science, and I'm pleased to be an active volunteer with the Central CA Animal Disaster Team and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
I am also a member of the BVS Amateur Radio Team, a participant in the Challenge the Bear Bike Ride, an equestrian who enjoys trail and limited distance endurance riding, drummer in a local band, a cyclist (both road and mountain biking) and a Beekay Theater actor.
My primary goal as a Board member is to ensure that in ten years, no one asks the question 'what were they thinking?'. Another important goal is to build a "unity of purpose" between the BVSA and BVCSD for the benefit of the Bear Valley Springs community.
Hamed Jones has fourteen years of governmental accounting experience with the City of Palmdale, where he started his career as an Account Clerk and worked his way up to Assistant Finance Manager / Deputy City Treasurer. His governmental experience includes cash receipting, debt management, assessment district administration, cash and treasury management, financial analysis, financial statement reporting, and budget preparation and monitoring. He also has over a decade of supervisory experience over accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.
As Administrative Services Director, Jones is responsible for oversight and direct risk management, information services and District financial operations, which includes development of the annual budget, evaluating the District’s needs and fiscal condition, and identifying and implementing improved processes and cost-effective practices.
Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics/Applied Science with an Accounting and Management Plan from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. His hobbies include UCLA sports, fishing, coaching AYSO soccer, and traveling with his family
I moved to BVS in August of 2018. I volunteered for the finance committee due to all the correspondence about the water rates because I wanted to be better informed so I could participate more knowledgeably in the discussion. I have worked in higher education for the last decade in the grants office. I have also served as a city parks and recreation commissioner and nonprofit board president in the past. I believe that my skills in management, budgeting and grant writing could prove useful for some of our community's needs in the future.
I have joined the Ladies Club and hope to participate with the cart club and the one of the other horse groups like the Buckaroos. I am thrilled to be here in the valley with my horses, goats, chickens, dogs and pig!
My goal for working on the finance committee is to ensure that we take care of the future of our community in a realistic and proactive way.
My wife Lois and I first experienced Bear Valley Springs when we built our weekend cabin here in 1980, but our involvement in the local community was minimal as we lived in Los Angeles. As retirement loomed closer we explored Texas and Northern California, but nothing was as attractive as Bear Valley Springs. We bought our home on the valley floor in 1998, and I retired as a Marketing Executive with Hehr Windows in 2005.
Within a few years Lois and I became involved in the community, including volunteer committees within the BVSA and with the BVCSD. I was elected to the BVSA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016: one year as Treasurer, five as President. Over time I deemed the recurrent cycle of BVCSD Directors was less than productive, and felt they were being elected based on an unrealistic understanding of the issues facing the valley. This inspired me to apply, and be appointed to, one of the Board positions opening in Fall 2018.
We have reached a time in the 50 year history of Bear Valley Springs when much of the infrastructure has aged to the point that a major investment in repair and replacement must be made. If not done, the valley cannot remain livable. Arguments have made about past Board and Management decisions; some were good, some likely not. Given the changes in laws since the inception of Bear Valley Springs, BVCSD faces some hard choices. Many of them will be unpopular, but necessary.
We now have a great staff, and a Board of Directors willing to meet the challenges head on. To accomplish what is required, we need Will, Organization, and Resources. We're two-thirds of the way there.
With more than 30 years of city and town management experience in California, Washinton, Minnesota, and Missouri, Bill has managed annual budgets ranging from 6 million dollars to 95 million dollars and has led both small and medium sized communities.
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Public Administration and was a International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager for 15 years.