ABOUT CKGSA

The Central Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency (CKGSA) was formed on November 8, 2017.  The Central Kings GSA’s jurisdiction includes portions of the Kings Subbasin excluding the service areas of South Kings GSA.  The CKGSA is required to form a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.  This requirement is consistent with Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. 

Central Kings GSA Governance:

The Central Kings GSA is governed by the five-member Board of Directors of the Consolidated Irrigation District.  All Board Directors represent the five Districts of the Consolidated Irrigation District, excluding the boundaries of the South Kings GSA.  The term for each Director is a period of four years.

Board of Directors:

President Earl Hudson

Vice President Ray Moles

Director Thomas Benzler

Earl Hudson was first elected to the Board in 2014 representing Division 1, and currently serves as President.

Earl is a sixth-generation farmer with more than 30 years’ experience specializing in deciduous tree fruit such as peaches, plums and nectarines.  In addition, Earl has more than 30 years of experience as an agricultural field man and as a pest control advisor in agriculture chemical sales. He also operated a custom brush shredding business for more than 20 years to help supplement the family farm.

 

Ray Moles was first elected to the Board in 2012 and represents the growers and farmers in Division 3.

Ray graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California.  He began his career as a mechanic at Frontier Chevrolet before farming full time. Focusing his efforts on raisins, Ray has served the Raisin Industry and his community on the Raisin Administration Committee, Past Director of The Raisin Bargaining Association and is active in the Easton Lyons Club.

Ray and his wife Debra have two sons, one daughter and 4 grandchildren.  They make their home in Fresno.

Tom Benzler was elected to the Consolidated Irrigation District’s (CID) Board of Directors in 2016, representing Division 2.  

After high school, Tom served in the United States Marine Corp and earned the rank of Lance Corporal.  He is a graduate of California State University at Fresno where he earned a Liberal Arts Degree with a minor in Agriculture.  He returned to college and later earned a degree in Administration. Tom holds a life-time California Teaching Credential and taught in the Kerman Unified School District for over twenty years.

 

Director Mitch Ritchie

Director Anthony Lewis

Phillip Desatoff

Mitch Ritchie was elected to the Consolidated Irrigation District’s (CID) Board of Directors in 2018, representing Division 5. 

Mitch is a Farmer and Business owner.  Mitch and his wife Tina farm raisins, peaches, almonds and wine grapes. Mitch and Tina have 2 daughters, Michelle and Kellie. Mitch and Tina have lived and farmed in the District for almost 30 years.

Tony Lewis was elected to the Consolidated Irrigation District’s (CID) Board of Directors in 2014, representing Division 5. 

Tony is a graduate of Kingsburg High School and began farming as a teenager with his father.   He also drove freight for several years and was recognized for his outstanding performance.  Tony and his wife Valerie grow grapes. They have three children and two grandchildren.  They reside in Kingsburg. 

Phil is the Central Kings GSA Secretary / Treasurer / Kings Subbasin Coordination Representative. Phil is also the General Manager at Consolidated Irrigation District.