Board of Directors

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Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. Directors are elected to four-year staggered terms by the voters in the District service area.  The Board establishes policy and provides leadership for the District.  In February 2014, the Board adopted the Scotts Valley Water District Mission, Core Values, Vision and Strategic Goals. 

The Board of Directors has oversight over Scotts Valley Water District and appoints the General Manager to handle day-to-day operations. The Directors have the power to set the budget, set water rates and establish policies that support the vision and mission of the District. The Board meets monthly to provide direction to the staff on matters such as groundwater sustainability, statewide mandates, and regional conjunctive use projects.

Directors have to remain objective and responsive to the needs of the public they serve. They must make decisions within the proper channels of governmental structure, and not use public office for personal gain. Directors also serve on the District's standing committees and may represent the District on agency boards and commissions in the region or statewide.

Board of Director Meetings

Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. downstairs in the Santa Margarita Community Room, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley.  See the Board Meetings page for more information.

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David T. Hodgin (Current Term 2014 - 2018) 
Director Hodgin is a Certified Management Consultant, serves on the Finance and Personnel Committee. In addition, Director Hodgin is the Central Coast Chair for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and serves on itsWater Quality Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority and is a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Risk Management Committee and Vice Chair of the Liability Program Committee and the Consolidated Redevelopment Agency Board for Santa Cruz County.

Wade Leishman (Current Term 2017 - 2018)
Director Leishman was appointed in July 2017 to complete a partial term and will serve as an alternate on the Water Resources & Engineering Committee and Finance & Personnel Committee.  In addition to his Board of Directors role, Wade Leishman is a Sr. IT Manager for a global tech manufacturing company now based in Cupertino (originally founded in Scotts Valley). He also owns and operates his own small business.  He has lived in Scotts Valley for over 10 years with his wife, Dewana, and twin daughters, Jennifer and Emily.

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Chris Perri (Current Term 2016 - 2020)
Director Perri is the Board President, serves as the Chair of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA), serves on the Executive and Public Affairs Committee, Water Resources and Engineering Committee.  He also serves on the Association of California Water Agencies Energy Committee, Groundwater and Membership Committee (Vice Chair).

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Danny Reber (Current Term 2016 - 2020) 
Director Reber is the Board Vice President, serves on the Water Resources and Engineering Committee, Executive, and Public Affairs Committee, and serves as an alternate member to the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Board of Directors.  In addition to his duties serving the Water District, he is the Executive Director for the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He is very active in his community, serving as a Past President for Scotts Valley Rotary and was named "Scotts Valley Man of the Year" in 2006. He is a lifelong resident of Scotts Valley where he lives with his wife, Michelle and two daughters, Maya and Arwen.

photo of SVWD Board member Ruth Stiles

Ruth Stiles (Current Term 2016-2018)
Director Stiles serves on the Finance and Personnel Committee, is the alternate on the Executive and Public Affairs Committee, and is a Board member of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency.  As a Board Certified Master Arborist and horticultural consultant she brings insights to the Board gained over 30 years of working with water efficiency in the landscape setting. Director Stiles is interested in exploring innovative options to stabilize the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin to ensure that we have plenty of water in perpetuity.