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DWR Chief Ousted

Jan 11, 2018

Department of Water Resources chief ousted after report blames Oroville dam crisis on lax safety culture  Grant Davis, director of the California Water Resources Department, was replaced Wednesday just days after an independent investigation of the Oroville dam spillway incident last year found that a flawed safety culture contributed to the disaster. Ralph Vartabedian in the Los Angeles Times

After Oroville disclosures, embattled California water agency names new director  The California Department of Water Resources underwent a management shakeup Wednesday, less than a week after investigators released a scathing report on last February’s crisis at Oroville Dam and how the department handled it. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento BeeJohn Howard Capitol Weekly

Department of Water Resources’ chief ousted after report blames Oroville dam crisis on lax safety culture:  “Grant Davis, director of the California Water Resources Department, was replaced Wednesday just days after an independent investigation of the Oroville dam spillway incident last year found that a flawed safety culture contributed to the disaster.  The agency said Gov. Jerry Brown replaced Davis with Karla Nemeth, who has been deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency since 2014. The announcement was made by Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, who oversees the water department. ... ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Department of Water Resources’ chief ousted after report blames Oroville dam crisis on lax safety culture

Governor appoints new chief at troubled agency:  “Gov. Jerry Brown named a senior state water official to head California’s troubled water agency Wednesday, just days after the department was blasted in an independent report for having a culture of complacency and incompetence that contributed to last year’s near-disaster at Oroville Dam.  Karla Nemeth, a deputy secretary and senior adviser at the California Natural Resources Agency, is poised to take over the Department of Water Resources as it confronts criticism of how it manages a massive network of reservoirs and canals. Her appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. ... ”  Read more from SF Gate here:  Governor appoints new chief at troubled agency

New state water director appointed:  “Karla Nemeth, a veteran water official and a ranking member of the Brown administration, was named the new director of the state Department of Water Resources, part of a major shakeup at the agency,  officials said Tuesday.  The change follows a turbulent period at the Water Resources Department, which included the dramatic failure last year of the emergency spillway at the department’s Oroville Dam — an event that an independent report said was due in part to human error. That failure, in turn, followed years of severe drought in California. … ”  Read more from Capitol Weekly here:  New state water director appointed

Grant Davis returns to top job at Sonoma County Water Agency after 5 months in state post:  “Grant Davis is returning to his job as general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency after five months in charge of the much larger state Department of Water Resources, state and local officials said Wednesday.  Davis, who had led the local water agency since 2010, was tapped in July by Gov. Jerry Brown to head the state agency that provides water to 25 million residents, farms and businesses.  He took a large pay cut with the step up in responsibilities as head of the state water department with nearly 3,300 employees and an operating budget of $3.2 billion. His state salary was $194,600. … ”  Read more from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat here:  Grant Davis returns to top job at Sonoma County Water Agency after 5 months in state post

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