A New Chapter at ACWA

  • by Timothy Quinn
  • Oct 24, 2018
  • Voices on Water

Dave Eggerton joins our association’s staff next month as ACWA Executive Director Designate and arrives with a strong advantage. He’s one of you. 

Dave takes the helm at ACWA with 15 years’ experience in water agency management. His experience in local government and perspective as an active, long-term representative of an ACWA member agency made him an ideal candidate for the job. ACWA’s Board of Directors agreed by unanimously approving his appointment on Sept. 28.

Currently general manager at Region 3’s Calaveras County Water District, Dave will officially come on board at ACWA’s Sacramento office Nov. 1 as Executive Director Designate. He and I will work alongside each other until Dec. 3, when Dave will assume responsibility as Executive Director. I will then remain in an advisory capacity until my official retirement date at the end of 2018.

Dave’s hiring followed a national recruitment search. Several exceptionally well-qualified candidates were interviewed by the ACWA Board Selection Committee. But in the end, it was Dave’s experience and extensive engagement within ACWA that made the difference.

Many ACWA members will recognize Dave from the past 15 years, when he worked with ACWA members El Dorado Irrigation District, El Dorado County Water Agency and Calaveras County Water District. During this time, Dave has served on ACWA’s State Legislative Committee, Water Management Committee, Federal Affairs Committee, Region 3 Board and Board of Directors.

Dave understands what you expect from ACWA and knows what it’s like as a steward of our most precious natural resource, delivering reliable, safe water while navigating myriad state and federal regulations. You can learn more about Dave in a Q&A on pages 8 and 9 of this edition of ACWA News. You may also see him at upcoming ACWA events, including the Fall Conference & Exhibition. If you haven’t already met Dave in person, I hope the conference provides that opportunity.

On a personal note, I have known Dave since he first went to work for the El Dorado Irrigation District as its deputy general counsel. I genuinely like and respect your future Executive Director. He possesses an uncanny ability to listen and learn, which is the most important characteristic of a leader.  

This ACWA Conference will be my last as ACWA Executive Director, capping a nearly 40-year career in the California water industry. Leading ACWA for the past 11 years has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I’ve had the pleasure of learning about all of our member agencies and have worked with many of you in overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, yet resolving them to create better water policy that benefits all Californians. The amazing responsiveness and collaboration among ACWA members has always made the ultimate difference in any successful outcome, from our input on state policy through ACWA’s Statewide Water Action Plan for California — a key step leading to the state’s own California Water Action Plan — to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and our ability to secure public funding for our member agencies’ water infrastructure improvement projects. 

I am now closing a loop by returning to my academic roots. I began my career in water by writing a PhD dissertation on groundwater management and working with water economists at the RAND Corporation. Entering the next phase of my career, I have accepted a position as a fellow at Stanford University to further explore California water policy.  

Water policy is a subject where I’ve learned from the best, and I owe thanks to all ACWA members for that, and for the privilege to serve your association. I look forward to seeing you at the ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

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