Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners Elects Harry Saltzgaver Board President

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Harry Saltzgaver newly elected President of Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners.

Harry Saltzgaver newly elected President of Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners.

Last week at a specially held Board meeting, the five members of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted unanimously to elect Harry Saltzgaver as the Board’s next President. Mr. Saltzgaver, who was appointed to the Board last fall by Mayor Bob Foster, will officially begin his term on October 1st. He takes over for outgoing President, John D. S. Allen. Also elected during the meeting were Frank Martinez, as Vice President and Paul Blanco , as Secretary.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve,” said Mr. Saltzgaver, President-Elect to the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “We are facing some critical years to continue to secure an adequate water supply for our city’s future,” added Mr. Saltzgaver. “The Long Beach Water Department is a national leader in that regard, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Since 1992, Mr. Saltzgaver has served as the Executive Editor of Gazette Newspapers (which includes the Grunion, Downtown, Uptown, and online). He has worked in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

In addition to his busy day job, Mr. Saltzgaver has been an active participant in the Long Beach community, serving on a variety of boards and committees over the years, including 11 years of service on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission. He currently chairs the Goodwill SOLAC board of directors and is a Trustee of the Grand Prix of Long Beach Foundation. He is a former member of Women Shelter of Long Beach, Precious Lamb Preschool, Public Corporation for the Arts and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Harry lives in north Long Beach with his wife Maria and two big dogs.

Since 1931, the Water Department has been governed by a Board of five Water Commissioners, each appointed to a five year term by the Mayor, subject to approval of the City Council. The overlapping terms of the Board members provide necessary continuity and bring to the Department the combined expertise of the Commissioner’s business and professional backgrounds.

The City Charter entrusts the Board with significant responsibility and authority. The Board establishes the Water Department’s mission and goals, and adopts policies and strategies to meet these ends. The Board submits an annual budget to the City Council, fixes water and sewer rates, hires the General Manager and establishes compensation for all LBWD employees.

For more information on the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, please visit http://www.lbwater.org/inside/board.php.

Long Beach Water is an urban, Southern California retail water supply agency, and the standard in water conservation and environmental stewardship.

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