Calaveras County Water District, a political subdivision of the state of California that provides water to more than 13,000 residential, commercial and municipal customers, has hired a new general manager.

Michael Minkler, a resident of Arnold who works for Utica Water and Power Authority in Angels Camp, will start his new job with CCWD on Feb. 19. Minkler’s initial gross annual salary will be $160,000.

Minkler’s last day at Utica Water and Power Authority is yet to be determined, an employee at UWPA said Friday.

The five-member CCWD board of directors unanimously approved Minkler’s contract on Wednesday, Joel Metzger, external affairs, conservation and grants manager for Calaveras County Water District, said in an announcement.

The five board members are elected by voters, and the current board members are Jeff Davidson, Bertha Underhill, Cindy Secada, Russ Thomas and Scott Ratterman.

Minkler lives in Arnold with his wife and two sons, Metzger said, and he has been general manager for Utica Water and Power Authority since 2015.

Minkler will take over as CCWD general manager from Jeffrey Meyer, the interim general manager named in October to oversee CCWD after Dave Eggerton, who was CCWD general manager for four years, accepted a job in September as executive director of the California Water Agencies Association.

He was chosen from a pool of multiple applicants reviewed by the CCWD board of directors, according to board president Thomas.

“I care deeply about Calaveras County, and I hope to have a positive influence on the County’s future as general manager of CCWD,” Minkler said in a statement prepared by CCWD staff. “I look forward to being in a position where I can help our county succeed by protecting and utilizing our water rights and being a good steward of our natural resources and the district’s infrastructure.”

Calaveras County Water District was formed in 1946 under California laws as a county water district, for the purpose of providing water and sewer service to residents of the Calaveras County, and it has operated continuously since 1947. The district is a political subdivision of the state of California and is not part of, or under the control of, Calaveras County.

Dams and powerhouses run by CCWD generate hydroelectric power for financial support and development of water supplies. CCWD is billed as a not-for-profit public agency with no private shareholders and it pays no dividends, so CCWD does not report to or answer to the state Public Utilities Commission.

Calaveras County Water District covers all of Calaveras County, about 1,037 square miles, from the San Joaquin Valley on the west to the crest of the Central Sierra in the east.

Outside of work, Minkler said he enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors skiing, whitewater rafting, kiteboarding and backpacking. He is an active member of the Calaveras County Search and Rescue Team.

At CCWD, Minkler said he plans to focus on preserving and protecting water rights, capital improvement projects, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, exploring more hydropower opportunities, and building trust with other stakeholders in Calaveras County.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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