The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) Board Of Directors announced the selection of a new president Wednesday, officials said.
Gary Martin is set to serve as SCV Water’s president for its third year of operation. Jerry Gladbach and Maria Gutzeit were appointed to serve as vice presidents.
Martin was a member of the inaugural SCV Water Board of Directors and served as a board vice president in 2019. Prior to serving on the SCV Water board, he served on the Castaic Lake Board of Directors for five years after retiring from a 19-year career at the Mojave Water Agency, according to the press release.
“In 2020 and beyond, we will continue our focus on addressing critical water issues that affect
our region, state and nation,” said Martin. “Emerging issues like PFAS are rapidly changing our state and federal regulations and legislation, with a direct effect on our water supplies in the SCV.”
PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals that have
been manufactured and used in a variety of industries worldwide for more than 70 years, typically known for being oil, grease and water repellents, according to the press release.
Gladbach serves on the National Water Resources Association (NWRA) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Boards of Directors. Locally, he served on the Castaic Lake Board of Directors for 32 years, according to the press release.
“It is critical to work at the state and national level to ensure that the interests and voices of our community are well represented,” said Gladbach. “By serving on the boards and committees of state and national organizations, we are able to advocate for our region, shape the conversation and fight for our customers.”
Gutzeit was selected in 2018 as a vice president of SCV Water’s inaugural leadership and re-appointed in 2019 and 2020. She is a chemical engineer and, prior to serving on the SCV Water board, she served on the Newhall County Water District for 14 years, according to the press release.
“I’m also looking forward to hosting our inaugural Water Summit in April. This is an awesome opportunity to connect with and engage our stakeholders – businesses, government agencies, community organizations and residential customers alike – who want to learn more about our local water supply,” said Gutzeit.
“When we became an integrated, regional water provider on January 1, 2018, we pledged efficiency and consistency across our service area, and that is what we are delivering,” said Martin. “Our priority remains the same – providing our customers with cost-effective, clean and reliable water.”
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