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May 13, 2009 > Water District fills vacancy

Water District fills vacancy

Due to the untimely death of Director Art Lampert, the Alameda County Water District (ACWD) Board of Directors was faced with a crucial decision to find a suitable replacement. Through a series of interviews and votes, the selection narrowed to three candidates, each offering impeccable credentials. Final candidates represented a variety of expertise that appealed to board members and presented, as Director Marty Koller noted, "a tough choice." Several rounds of voting produced split decisions with no clear preference.

Finalist Steve Cho represented excellent community connections while Paul Sethy's acumen in finance was hard to resist and Glenn Reynolds' vast background in water management created a scenario that directors found gratifying, yet disconcerting. At a meeting of the board on Tuesday, May 5, Board President Jim Gunther agreed that all candidates were "excellent choices," but time restrictions forced a decision. Without a resolution by the next day, General Manager Paul Piraino told the board, either a special election would be necessary or the selection process would rest with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Director John Weed, noting that "all [candidates] could serve this district well," nominated Glenn Reynolds for the vacant seat. Seconded by Director Judy Huang, the vote to approve the nomination was unanimous.

Reynolds, a self-described "water guy," is a principal and manager of Fremont-based Water Solutions, Inc., a civil engineering firm specializing in water treatment modalities, A resident of the Niles District of Fremont for the past 16 years, he understands the history and challenges of ACWD. His application included his fascination with water management for the past 24 years as an "avocation." When asked why he stated his connection with water in this manner, he stated, "a vocation is the job you go to from nine to five but because I am so excited about water and its management, it is pretty typical for me to go help a water system on a weekend because I really love and enjoy it." He cites this as similar to musicians who enjoy making music irrespective of time or financial reward.

A graduate of Antioch College, the school's unique program of work/study and a senior thesis to design a working seawater desalination plant influenced his decision to spend his life in field work on water issues. His degree in Physics has been useful as a field engineer selling, building and operating membrane treatment plants throughout the world. Serving as a municipal water engineering consultant, Reynolds has significant experience as a facilitator and counselor. He currently serves as interim superintendent of the City of Ceres water division.

Mr. Reynolds will be sworn in at 5:30 p.m. prior to the scheduled ACWD board meeting. He will serve out the reminder of Lampert's term until the November 2010 election.

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