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Murphy Joins OVSD Board

By Nancy Gross

Bill Murphy has been appointed to fill the Division 7 seat on Ojai Valley Sanitary District’s governing board of directors. Division 7 covers the eastern portion of the city of Ojai, encompassing the Oak Glen-Gridley Road area, Golden West tract, Topa Topa School area, North Fulton and North Drown neighborhoods.

Murphy, his wife, Diane, and their daughter, Rae, moved into that area in June of 2009, after spending seven months renting in Mira Monte. Before that they lived in Colorado Springs.
“I want to try to make an impact on the community, to be a good steward,” Murphy said. “I have not served on this type of board. I have been on the alumni board for my college, Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.” He has also sat on boards in the military. “I served 24 years as a Navy pilot.”
Murphy likes that he can walk to his work as program manager for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. “I volunteered for about six months before they hired me on.
“I like what they do. Nothing is the same day after day.”
Murphy is filling the seat vacated when Bill Lotts died on Jan. 2.
Lotts lived in Ojai beginning in 1948. He sat on the OVSD board for 21 years. Also a military man, he was at Point Mugu for 38 years, working in the weapons center.
Lotts’ friend Bruce Dunwoody said that Lotts’ last assignment at Point Mugu was being a target director. “I think he was flying drones.
“When he retired in 1985 he started an electrical contracting business,” Dunwoody said.
Dr. Fred Fauvre, who became Lotts primary care physician for 20 years said Lotts had been his electrician since he moved to the valley in 1975. “He occasionally made emergency visits when the electric stove or oven were on fire and took care of all of our electrical needs. Old houses have electrical needs.”
Like Murphy, Lotts was community service-minded. He was a charter

Murphy, his wife, Diane, and their daughter, Rae, moved into that area in June of 2009, after spending seven months renting in Mira

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