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Chair John Varela announces launch of CEO/GM recruitment

February 17, 2017

The CEO and General Manager Search Update

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors has launched a formal executive search for the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager. The board has retained Korn Ferry, a global executive recruitment firm, to manage the search process and conduct a national search to include both internal and external candidates. Korn Ferry was selected for this engagement based on the firm’s direct experience in leading Chief Executive and General Management searches for clients in the private and public water, infrastructure and utility sectors.

The Board of Directors has been working with Korn Ferry to develop a position specification.

Chairman John Varela said, “The selection of the district’s next Chief Executive Officer is a top priority and the Board of Directors is committed to conducting a thoughtful, thorough and transparent search process.”

The board has asked Korn Ferry to present at the Feb. 28, 2017, board meeting information about the search, including the experience and leadership profile, search process and anticipated timeline.

“We encourage all interested stakeholders to attend the Feb. 28 public Board Meeting as the consultant will also be available to answer additional questions,” said Chair Varela.

Norma Camacho, former Chief Operating Officer for Watersheds, will continue to serve in the role of interim CEO during this period.

Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.