Otay Board President Croucher Elected Board Chair of San Diego County Water Authority
At its September 2020 Board meeting, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors elected Otay Water District’s Board member and current President Gary Croucher as the chair of the Water Authority’s Board. He began serving his two-year term as the Board chair on Oct. 1. For the past two years, he had served as the vice chair.
He is serving with incoming Vice Chair Christy Guerin, a Board representative from the Olivenhain Municipal Water District, and incoming Secretary Jerry Butkiewicz from the City of San Diego. Past Board chair Jim Madaffer, who represents the City of San Diego, ended his term on Sept. 30.
Croucher joined the Water Authority Board in July 2001.
“The Water Authority is one of our region’s most important institutions, and I’m committed to continuing our long legacy of providing safe and reliable water supplies that sustain 3.3 million people and our $245 billion economy,” said Croucher. “The collaboration with our 24 member agencies is vital to ensure a clean, safe and plentiful water supply for this beautiful place we call home.”
“Looking ahead, Water Authority priorities include assessing the infrastructure necessary to provide water supply reliability for generations to come and leveraging existing infrastructure to increase long-term energy storage. We’re also focused on opportunities to expand partnerships that will benefit our region and the entire Southwest,” Croucher said. “I will also be devoting my personal energy and attention to addressing and resolving concerns two Water Authority member agencies have in seeking detachment from the Water Authority, because I firmly believe we are stronger together.”