May 18, 2017 – Bob James has Passed Away – Served the State of California for 63 Years

Bob was an honored and dedicated public servant whose important accomplishments were many. He became an attorney after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, and started his public service career working for the state at the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and the Franchise Tax Board. Bob specialized in water law and joined the Reclamation Board staff, setting flood policy for California’s Central Valley and working on flood-related water issues for more than a decade before moving to the Department of Water Resources In 1962.  Bob loved his work and reluctantly retired in 2012. He will be greatly missed. Link to Bob’s obituary notice.

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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.