DWR Welcomes New Director

August 1, 2017 – Governor Brown has appointed Grant Davis as the new Director of the California Department of Water Resources. Mr. Davis succeeds Acting DWR Director, William A. Croyle who retired in June and Cindy Messer who has served as Acting Director since his retirement.Mr. Davis has been the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) since 2009, where he also served as the Assistant General Manager from 2007 to 2009. As the GM, Mr. Davis was responsible for SCWA’s core functions of maintaining nearly 100 miles of streams and detention basins for flood protection, restoring habitat for three federally listed fish species in the Russian River, delivering drinking water to over 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties, and providing wastewater management for 60,000 customers. In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was also responsible for the operation of Lake Mendocino and Coyote Valley Dam and Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam. Mr. Davis was instrumental in implementing a renewable energy portfolio that has resulted in a carbon free water supply and distribution system.He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. To learn more about Grant Davis, you can read his biography on the Sonoma County Water Agency website. Mr. Davis will begin his Directorship in August and this position requires confirmation by the California State Senate.

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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.