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January 4, 2016
KRCD Board Appoints Paul G. Peschel As General Manager
Fresno, CA - Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) Board announced on January 4 the appointment of Paul G. Peschel as KRCD's new general manager. Peschel, who begins his new duties on January 25, 2016, is currently the planning and engineering manager for the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Energy Department in El Centro, California.
"I am grateful to the Board of Directors for putting their trust and faith in me as the new general manager of KRCD. It is evident from my initial interactions that I am fortunate to be taking on this challenge with a supportive and communicative Board, a well-lead and well-run organization, and a dedicated and talented team of staff," Peschel said.
A registered civil engineer in California, Peschel has extensive, water resource, engineering and management experience. He has been employed by IID for nearly 30 years starting in 1987 as an assistant engineer in the Water Department. During his tenure, he has served as chief civil engineer/ assistant Water Department manager, and executive program manager/general services manager before taking on his current role to lead planning and engineering efforts in the Energy Department. During his tenure at the IID, Peschel has managed capital projects and programs exceeding $200 million annually and resource, operation, and maintenance budgets up to $10 million. Peschel was a key player for the All-American Canal Lining Project, San Diego County Water Transfer, and the historic IID/Metropolitan Water District Transfer. Peschel also served as the lead negotiator on California Department of Transportation issues for IID.
Peschel will succeed David Orth, who resigned as general manager in August of this year. "My goal will be to continue the past leadership success while being committed to helping KRCD's Board and staff effectively meet current and upcoming water resource, flood control, power supply, and environmental challenges as stewards of our resource management responsibility," Peschel said.
Peschel holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Dakota State University and has completed academic work toward a master's degree in public administration at San Diego State University. He is a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association. He has served on several key water and engineering boards including past involvement with the Salton Sea Authority Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, Peschel has served in leadership positions on the boards of Optimists International, Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the United Way of Imperial County.
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