Following a nationwide recruitment effort, the ACWA Board of Directors has named Dave Eggerton as the association’s new Executive Director Designate.
Eggerton, general manager of the Calaveras County Water District, will start his new position on November 1, working alongside current ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn. Eggerton will officially take the reins as Executive Director on December 3, assuming responsibility for overseeing about 40 staff members in Sacramento and Washington D.C, United States (U.S.).
“Choosing ACWA’s new executive director is perhaps the most important decision the Board of Directors will make for the foreseeable future,” said ACWA President Brent Hastey. “Dave is enthusiastic, passionate and has a strong vision for ACWA’s role in California water policy. The Board was unanimous in its belief that he is the best leader to take the association forward in a time when water policy is more challenging and complicated than ever before.”
Eggerton is no stranger to ACWA, having been an active member for the past 15 years and serving on the State Legislative Committee, Water Management Committee, Federal Affairs Committee, Region 3 Board and ACWA Board of Directors.
“I know first-hand the important role ACWA plays in the state’s water industry,” Eggerton said. “Leading ACWA’s talented staff in performing that crucial work on behalf of our 450 member agencies is a dream come true.”
Eggerton earned bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from Texas A&M University in 1995 and proceeded to graduate first in his class at the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2000. After starting his career as a corporate lawyer, he worked as deputy general counsel for the El Dorado Irrigation District from 2004-2010. In 2011, he was named general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency, a position he held until being hired by CCWD in 2014.
Quinn announced earlier this year his plans to retire after working nearly 40 years in the water industry. He will serve in an advisory role to the new executive director from December 3 until he officially retires on December 31.
“I can’t think of a better choice to lead the association into the future,” Quinn said. “Dave’s experience with local government and perspective coming from a member agency will be valuable assets.”