ACWA elects Gladbach, Fiorini as top officers

Members of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today elected Castaic Lake Water Agency Director E. G. "Jerry" Gladbach to a two-year term as president.

Dec 5th, 2003

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2003 -- Members of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today elected Castaic Lake Water Agency Director E. G. "Jerry" Gladbach to a two-year term as president. Randy Fiorini, board president of Turlock Irrigation District, was elected vice president during the association's annual fall conference in San Diego.

Gladbach, who has served as ACWA's vice president since January 2002, has been active in California water issues for 42 years. He was first elected to the Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors in 1985 and was board president from 1987 to 1991.

A civil engineer with a long record of experience in water and power issues, Gladbach has been an active ACWA participant since 1973. He is a past chair of ACWA's Region 8, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties and is active in ACWA's Executive Committee, Outreach Task Force and ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority. Gladbach also is a member of the Water Education Foundation's Board of Directors and the Groundwater Resources Association. A former manager with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he has served as vice president of ACWA Utility Service Agency and commissioner of the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission.

"As 2004 begins, water in California is entering an era of incredible challenges. What we decide in the next several months will have a permanent impact on the reliability and quality of our water supply as well as the infrastructure system to deliver water to those in need," Gladbach said. "I am honored to help lead ACWA as it plays an ever-increasing role in shaping the solutions to the water challenges in California."

Managing partner of Fiorini Ranch, a family farming company established in 1909, Fiorini has served as an ACWA board member and chairman of its Federal Affairs Committee since 1997. He also is past president and commissioner of the San Joaquin River Group Authority, and past president and board member of the California Farm Water Coalition. Fiorini also continues to be involved in many other water and agricultural organizations.

Though Fiorini was selected by ACWA's Nominating Committee as the official candidate for vice president, Greg Zlotnick, board member and chairman of ACWA's Water Management Committee was nominated from the floor at ACWA's general session lunch on December 3. ACWA held an election, allowing each of its 447 public water agency members to cast one vote and the results were 106 in favor of Fiorini and 90 in favor of Zlotnick.

Gladbach succeeds outgoing ACWA President Bette Boatmun, who is a director of the Contra Costa Water District.

ACWA is a statewide organization whose 447 public water agencies are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwanet.com.


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