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District 1: Jackson Area

Paul Molinelli Jr.
Home Phone: 223-2869

Paul Molinelli Jr. was appointed to the AWA Board in February, 2017. He represents the City of Jackson and surrounding unincorporated areas. He has been an Amador County resident since 1976, graduating from Jackson High School (now Argonaut HS) in 1982. Paul is partnerm, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ACES Waste Services, Inc. Paul chairs the Jackson Outreach Committee.

Mr. Molinelli serves as the chair of the Amador County Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force (LTF), various other committees and service organizations, including Jackson Lions Club. He previously served on the City of Jackson Planning Commission. Paul and his wife, Chris, have four sons, one granddaughter and live in Jackson. His term will expire in December, 2018.

District 2: Ione, Carbondale, Lake Camanche & Amador City

2017 President
Gary Thomas

Home Phone: 274-4024

Gary Thomas was elected to the AWA board in 2008.  He represents Ione, Carbondale, Lake Camanche and Amador City.  Mr. Thomas served two terms as an Ione City Councilman, served on Ione’s Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Committee, and on the Amador County Transportation Commission.  He chairs AWA’s Personnel Committee, and represents AWA on the Calaveras Amador Mokelumne River Authority, the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and the Dry Creek Watershed Group.

Gary resides in Ione, where he has been active for many years in community service and youth coaching. Gary works at Mule Creek State Prison as an electrician and enjoys antiques, camping, and working on old cars. His AWA board term expires in December, 2020.

District 3: Volcano, Pioneer & Buckhorn Area

Rich Farrington
Home Phone: 295-7424

Rich Farrington was elected to the AWA board in November 2012 after being appointed to fill a vcacancy on the board in April of that year.  He represents Volcano, Pioneer, Buckhorn and the UpCountry area.  Farrington is a former Planning Commissioner, City Councilman, and Mayor of Ferndale, CA.  He is president of the Fortress Way Road Association, is active in upcountry Rotary, is a member of the Upcountry Community Council and helped create and chaired the the Council’s Fire Protection Committee.

Farrington has managed a private water system for a small subdivision for 17 years. He is retired from the US Forest Service where he served as an engineering geologist and civil engineer for 31 years.

Rich and his wife Susan live in Pioneer. They have owned property in the County for over 20 years. He enjoys fishing and backpacking. His term expires in December 2020.

District 4: Sutter Creek & Western Pine Grove Area

Robert Manassero
Cell Phone: 304-2613

Robert Manassero was elected to the AWA board in 2010. He represents the City of Sutter Creek and the western Pine Grove area. An Amador County native, Robert has owned and operated Manassero Insurance Co. since 1966. His AWA committee assignments include the Personnel and Sutter Creek Outreach Committees.  

Mr. Manassero lives in Sutter Creek with his wife Carolyn and their two sons. Among his many community activities and interests, Robert has served on the Amador County Fair Board for 15 years and enjoys hunting and camping. His term will expire in December, 2018.

District 5: Plymouth & Surrounding Areas

Art Toy

Vice President
Home Phone: 245-6772

Art Toy was elected to the AWA Board in 2010.  He represents Plymouth, Fiddletown, and portions of Amador City and Drytown. Art's 30-year career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory concluded with assignments including Environmental Protection Group Leader, Health and Safety Department Head, and manager of two nuclear facilities.  His AWA committee assignments include chairing the Engineering & Planning and Plymouth Outreach Committees.

Art and his wife Bonnie farm grapes and walnuts in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley, and own and manage a second vineyard in Livermore.  His term ends in 2018. 



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