CVFPB Presents Resolution of Appreciation to Emergency Responders

February 2017 brought an unusually high number of atmospheric rivers with high levels of precipitation, high snow levels, flooding and high water levels to much of the state, causing State-Federal Flood Operations to activate an emergency response that lasted for over 4 months. Responders were activated from the Department of Water Resources, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State-Federal Flood Operations Center, Flood Fight Specialists and Inspectors out in the field, the five 20-member Incident Command Teams assigned to specific regions of California, and other agencies. CVFPB wished to acknowledge those emergency responders and their efforts on behalf of public safety. A resolution of gratitude and appreciation was presented at CVFPB’s July 28th board meeting. Content of Resolution

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.