Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to MPWD


BELMONT, CA (April, 2019) – The Mid-Peninsula Water District (MPWD) received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.

“This award is a testament to Mid-Peninsula Water District’s commitment to open government,” said Board President, Louis Vella. “The entire District staff and Board of Directors, and MPWD consultant partners, are commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight,” added Tammy Rudock, General Manager.

To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

Neil McCormik, CEO of SDLF (second from left), presents the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence to Louis Vella, Board President of MPWD (third from left), Tammy Rudock, MPWD General Manager (at left), and John Davidson, web and public information consultant for MPWD (right) at CSDA Legislative Days in Sacramento on May 22, 2019.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.

Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, wastewater, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries, and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.

For more information about the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), including the transparency certification requirements, please visit