WCWD announces four new executive hires

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The secondary clarified at the Western Water Recycling Facility. (Photo credit: Western Municipal Water District, Micharl J. Elderman Photography)

Four new executives were recently hired by West County Wastewater District (WCWD), which collects and treats wastewater,.

The new hires, all of whom will start this month, include Deputy General Manager Andrew Clough, Administrative Services Department Manager Justin Lovell, Infrastructure & Planning Department Manager Michael Savannah, and Water Quality & Resource Recovery Department Manager Aaron Winer.

The hires come after the district’s Board of Directors adopted a new hiring process in May that removed the oft-limiting traditional education requirement from its job descriptions, and encouraged hiring individuals with experience outside the wasterwater industry.

 “We are not interested in simply filling positions with qualified people; what we are really looking for are thought leaders who have the vision and innovation to support our culture and core values and to ensure the District achieves the objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan,”  WCWD Lisa Malek-Zadeh said in a statement.

Clough has more than 30 years of management and operations experience, including as public works director for the cities of Emeryville and Berkeley. Lowell most recently served as financial services manager for the city of South San Francisco and brings 15 years of management experience.  Savannah has both private and government sector experience and has been highly successful since starting at WCWD five years ago as an engineer. Winer has spent the last eight years managing wastewater operations and all related activities for the city of Richmond while working under contract for Veolia Water.

All four will be on-hand to meet the public at an open house on Oct. 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. at WCWD’s administrative offices at 2910 Hilltop Drive in Richmond.

The West County Wastewater District (WCWD)  serves about 34,000 residences and 2,450 commercial and industrial businesses with a total population of approximately 100,000.