SD County Water Authority General Manager announces intent to retire after almost 25 years
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton announced her intent to retire today after nearly 25 years at the agency’s helm. Stapleton was appointed general manager in December 1995.
Since then, she has received awards from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Press Club and the Association of California Water Agencies for her efforts to keep the county’s water supply stable and healthy.
Stapleton tipped her hat to the agency’s Board of Directors and the agency’s “unwavering support of the San Diego region’s civic leaders” in her announcement.
“I am immensely proud of our shared accomplishments, and I will greatly miss my Water Authority colleagues and esprit de corps we shared carrying out the Water Authority’s mission to provide our region with a safe and reliable water supply,” Stapleton said.
Stapleton also presided over the Water Authority’s Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement. The 2003 agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District has secured roughly two million acre-feet of water, the amount it takes to cover one acre of land with one foot of water.
Over the life of the deal, which spans up to 75 years according to the Water Authority, San Diego County could receive roughly 21.4 million acre-feet of water.
Sandy Kerl, the agency’s deputy general manager, will take over for Stapleton in an interim capacity while the board searches for a new general manager. Kerl has served as the agency’s deputy GM since November 2009.
“The positive impact of Maureen’s leadership of the Water Authority and management of this region’s water supply cannot be overstated,” said Water Authority Board Chair Jim Madaffer. “She has also been an important leader in our civic affairs for three decades and has dedicated countless hours to the betterment of our entire region. She will be greatly missed.”