Joshua Tree, CA—The Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce, pending contract and hiring approval at the February 19 Board meeting, that they have appointed Curt Sauer as their new General Manager.The appointment is subject to “final action” of the Board approval of Mr. Sauer’s contract, as legally required during open session at the next meeting on February 19th, 2014.
JBWD Attorney Gil Granito praised the seated Board of Directors for their diligence in following due process “to the letter” in accordance with the Brown Act throughout this nine-month long process.
As explained by President Victoria Fuller, “The first paragraph the board developed for our ideal candidate at the July 17 board meeting was: “has a strong history of public sector management including experience in financial management and budgeting, operational analysis, staff development and team building, and program planning; has a proven record of leading and planning long- and short-range efforts that involve multiple agencies and complex programs to achieve goals. These are skills that Curt personifies. He brings thirty years experience managing programs, people and infrastructure. Curt served as Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent where he was highly respected by the community and staff. He recently served as the Department of Interior agency liaison and Incident Commander on the BP Oil Spill dealing with many agencies and issues. He is also a committed member of the Joshua Tree Community.”
Joshua Basin Water District faces many challenges over the next few years, including infrastructure upgrading, drought mandates, the State revisiting groundwater management, and Chromium-6, to name a few. These requirements are among a growing list of challenges, and the need to accomplish these tasks while creating an atmosphere that supports employee morale and team spirit is essential.
Please join us in welcoming Curt Sauer to the Joshua Basin Water District family.
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