Karla Nemeth Appointed DWR Director as Grant Davis Returns to Sonoma County Water Agency

  • by Emily Allshouse
  • Jan 10, 2018
  • Water News

Gov. Brown today announced the appointment of Karla Nemeth as the new director for the California Department of Water Resources. Grant Davis, who was appointed DWR director in August 2017, will return to the Sonoma County Water Agency to serve as its general manager.

Nemeth has served as the governor’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014, where she was Bay Delta Conservation Plan project manager from 2009 to 2014.

The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) followed the governor’s appointment with a statement that its executive team has been restructured to further bolster dam and flood safety, emphasize climate resilience and incorporate lessons learned from recent impacts of extreme weather on the state’s water system.

As part of the reorganization, Eric Koch, who has served in numerous leadership roles at DWR over the past decade, will serve in the newly created role of Deputy Director for Flood Management and Dam Safety.  In addition, the agency created the new position of Deputy Director for Integrated Water Management and Multi-Benefit Programs.

Lastly, DWR is consolidating responsibilities for management of the newly established Executive Sustainable Groundwater Management Program with Deputy Director for Special Initiatives Taryn Ravazzini. The move will help with the implementation of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, a key priority of the administration. Ravazzini has served as Deputy Director since 2014.

Sonoma County Water Agency released a separate statement today detailing this transition.

“Mr. Davis recently approached the County to request consideration to return to his former position, stressing his desire to serve in his home community in the wake of our catastrophe. His local and regional experience, combined with his statewide relationships, will serve the Water Agency and the entire County well,” stated Sonoma County Water Agency Board Chairman James Gore. “I would like to extend my appreciation for the excellent work performed by Interim General Manager Mike Thompson and the Water Agency staff during this time of transition.”

In a statement released by CNRA, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird thanked Davis for his service and expressed confidence in Nemeth’s ability to take the reins.

“I want to thank Grant Davis for his service to California,” Laird stated. “I also welcome Karla Nemeth to this important role and am confident she will do a great job at this critical time for the department.”

 

For more information, read the complete CNRA statement and SCWA statement.

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