[env-trinity] MWD Press Release

Byron bwl3 at comcast.net
Wed Mar 15 13:42:59 PST 2006

Roger Patterson Joins MWD Management


Kightlinger names Debra C. Man, Roger K. Patterson as assistant general
managers, returns to using public agency administrative titles 

MWD Press Release - 3/14/06


Marking his first month on the job, Metropolitan Water District General
Manager Jeff Kightlinger today added a new member to his executive team as
he refined the agency's reputation as one of the nation's leading public
water providers.

In solidifying his leadership role, Kightlinger announced to Metropolitan's
Board of Directors that water policy expert Roger K. Patterson would join
Debra C. Man, MWD's chief operating officer, as assistant general managers
in the Office of the General Manager.

Kightlinger further honed his executive team by declaring the district was
reverting back to public agency administrative titles and dropping the
corporate management headings used since 2001.

"Today our leadership team is unrivaled in the water industry. It's
comprised of committed, effective leaders with experience that speaks more
to their true abilities than a borrowed title from the corporate world,"
said Kightlinger, who is dropping the use of chief executive officer,
president and vice president titles.

"Reclaiming the administrative titles of a public agency is a subtle yet
significant step to regain our identity as a premier public water district,"
he added.

Patterson, who had previously been serving as a consultant to Metropolitan
on Colorado River issues, joins Metropolitan as assistant general manager of
water planning and resources. He will oversee Colorado River issues and the
management of Metropolitan's water planning and resources group. 

As director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources from 1999 to
2005, Patterson was responsible for water administration, water planning,
flood-plain delineation, dam safety and the state databank. He also
represented Nebraska on interstate compacts, decrees and basin associations
and led the state team in the settlement of U.S. Supreme Court cases on the
North Platte and Republican rivers.

Prior to his work in Nebraska, Patterson served in a number of leadership
positions in the western United States during his 25 years with the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation. During his Reclamation tenure, he served as regional
director in both the mid-Pacific region based in Sacramento and the Great
Plains region headquartered in Billings, Mont.

A registered professional engineer in Nebraska and Colorado, Patterson
earned bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the University of

Under the new organization and executive management responsibilities, Man
continues to oversee the district's day-to-day core operations and business
functions. Metropolitan's chief operating officer since 2003, she will
manage Metropolitan's water system operations, corporate resources, and real
property and asset management groups, as well as the workplace health,
safety and environmental section.

In addition to Kightlinger, Man and Patterson, the Office of the General
Manager includes a chief administrative officer and two deputy general
managers. Chief Financial Officer Brian Thomas' title remains unchanged.

Gilbert F. Ivey takes over as Metropolitan's chief administrative officer
responsible for human resources, the Office of the Board of Directors,
business outreach efforts and long-term staffing strategies.

Thomas maintains his responsibilities over Metropolitan financial programs,
including financial and capital planning, risk management, investments, debt
management and the annual budget, as well as accounting operations and
reporting. He also is in charge of developing and implementing
Metropolitan's rates and charges. 

Timothy H. Quinn serves as deputy general manager of State Water Project
resources, reflecting his strategic oversight of district positions on state
water issues, including district positions on the San Francisco
Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the CALFED Bay/Delta Program. He also
will work with Patterson on statewide water issues.

Rounding out the executive team, Kathy Cole, Metropolitan's executive
legislative representative and chief lobbyist in Sacramento, will continue
to serve as interim deputy general manager of external affairs until the
position is permanently filled.



Byron Leydecker

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

Advisor, California Trout, Inc

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 ph

415 383 9562 fx

bwl3 at comcast.net

bleydecker at stanfordalumni.org





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