Water Authority Board Elects New Officers

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Water Authority Board Elects New Officers
Michael T. Hogan, Santa Fe Irrigation District, will lead board for next two years
September 23, 2010

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors today elected new officers to lead the agency’s board of directors for the next two years.

Michael T. Hogan, Santa Fe Irrigation District representative and retired general manager of Encina Wastewater Authority, will chair the board. Thomas V. Wornham, executive vice president and regional manager for the San Diego commercial banking group of Wells Fargo Bank and a representative of the city of San Diego, will serve as vice chair. Richard K. Smith, a retired geotechnical consultant and a representative of the Helix Water District, will serve as secretary. Their two-year terms begin October 1, 2010.

“Over the next two years, the Water Authority will continue to execute its long-term strategy to improve the region’s water supply reliability through diversifying our water supply portfolio and completing major improvements to our region’s water infrastructure,” Hogan said.

“We will also ensure we are accomplishing this mission in as equitable and cost-effective manner as possible by aggressively managing our own costs and those of our largest supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”    

Hogan joined the Water Authority board in 2006. He currently serves as vice chair of the Administrative and Finance committee and is a member of the Engineering and Operations committee and Comprehensive Reliability and Cost Assessment ad hoc committee. He also represents the board on the San Diego Area Wastewater Management District board.

His past appointments include serving on the Legislation, Conservation and Outreach and Imported Water committees.

Hogan has been a board member of the Santa Fe Irrigation District since 2003. He served as general manger of the Encina Wastewater Authority from 1998 to 2009. Throughout his 40-year career, he has actively participated in water environmental organizations and issues, serving as a director and president of the California Water Environment Association and director for the Southern California Alliance of Public Owned Treatment Works. He also served on the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Citizen Advisory Committee on Water Reclamation and as a San Diego Clean Water Program committee member.

Wornham was appointed to the Water Authority board in 2006 and currently serves as secretary of the board. He also serves on the Administrative and Finance and the Engineering and Operations committees, and on the Comprehensive Reliability and Cost Assessment ad hoc committee.

His previous board appointments include chairing the Administrative and Finance committee and serving on the Legislation, Conservation and Outreach and Imported Water committees.

Wornham serves as 2010 board chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and previously has served as vice chair of the Chamber, chair of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and chair of the San Diego County United Way/CHAD campaign.

Smith began his term on the board in 2007. He currently serves as vice chair of the Engineering and Operations committee and as a member of the Administration and Finance committee. He is a past member of the Conservation ad hoc committee.

Smith currently serves on the Association of California Water Agencies Groundwater Committee and is the Helix Water District representative to the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. He is also a member of the El Cajon Building Authority and El Cajon Planning Commission.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s 36-member board, representing 24 retail member water agencies, meets on the fourth Thursday of each month January through October and on the second Thursday in December at the Water Authority’s office at 4677 Overland Avenue in San Diego.  The public may listen to board meetings live at www.sdcwa.org.