The Isla Vista Community Services District swore in county employee Carrie Topliffe as the new county-appointed director on the board during their Sept. 15 meeting.
Topliffe was appointed following the retirement of the former county-appointed Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD) Director Robert Geis. Topliffe has worked for the county since 2000, and coincidentally, was hired by Geis. She previously worked with the child support, public health, auditor-controller, human resources and behavioral wellness departments. Topliffe also has experience working for government institutions within Isla Vista, as an Isla Vista Recreation and Park District (IVRPD) director.
Topliffe said she is excited to join IVCSD in improving the quality of life and infrastructure in I.V.
“From what I’ve watched of you after this very long attempt to get local control of governmental services in Isla Vista, I’m so impressed with all of you and the heart and intelligence you’re bringing to the task. I’m thrilled that I can be a part of it,” Topliffe said during the meeting.
According to Topliffe, I.V. has the necessary qualities and opportunities to help create a “better world.”
“I am a very passionate enthusiast about Isla Vista,” Topliffe said. “I had so much of the formation of my life happen in Isla Vista because Isla Vista is such an exciting community with so much energy, so much passion, so much opportunity for creating a better world.”
IVCSD Director Jay Freeman said that he is grateful that Topliffe was the candidate appointed by the county to IVCSD.
“I’m extremely happy seeing that [the county] has chosen to select Carrie who has all of this rich background in the area, and such an interest and excitement in our operation and the people here. Thank you so much for doing this Carrie,” Freeman said during the meeting.
A version of this article appeared on p. 6 of the Sept. 23, 2021 print edition of the Daily Nexus.