Harry Saltzgaver Appointed to Water Commission

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Appointed to Water Commission

Harry Saltzgaver

Yesterday, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to confirm long-time Long Beach resident Harry Saltzgaver as the newest member of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners . Mr. Saltzgaver, who was appointed to the position by Mayor Bob Foster, replaces former Commissioner Bill Townsend, who recently moved out of the city and was no longer eligible to serve on the Commission. Mr. Saltzgaver becomes the 60th Long Beach citizen to serve on the Board.

“I believe in serving the community, and believe that providing residents and businesses with a reliable, cost-effective water supply is one of the keys to ensuring a viable city,” said Mr. Saltzgaver. “As a member of the Water Commission, I will have the ability to do both,” added Mr. Saltzgaver. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the City of Long Beach in this new role.”

A well-known figure in the Long Beach community, Harry has served as the Executive Editor of Gazette Newspapers (which includes the Grunion, Downtown, Uptown, as well as online) since 1992. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

“We’re very excited to welcome Harry to the Board,” stated John Allen , President of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “He is a great voice and advocate for this community and we look forward to working closely with him on future water issues,” added President Allen.

Mr. Saltzgaver previously served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission for the last 11 years. He is the Chair-elect of the Goodwill SOLAC board of directors and a Trustee of the Grand Prix of Long Beach Foundation. He is a former member of numerous boards, including WomenShelter 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 an independent 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 members’ business and professional backgrounds.

The City Charter entrusts the Board with significant responsibility and authority. The Board is charged with full jurisdiction over all water works necessary to the acquisition, treatment, sale, and distribution of water served to the City and is responsible for the collection and disposal of the City’s sanitary sewage. Among other duties, the Board has authority to acquire or sell real property, to construct and operate facilities, to purchase equipment and enter into contracts. The Board establishes the Water Department’s missions 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 Water Department employees.


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