The Kings Basin Water Authority is governed by a board of directors, which is composed of one representative from each of the member agencies. The directors and alternates are appointed by each member’s governing board.

Board Officers & Authority Staff

James E. Burleson, Director
Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District

Vice Chair
Steve Worthley, Supervisor
County of Tulare, District 4

Paul G. Peschel, General Manager
Kings River Conservation District

Assistant Treasurer
Randy Shilling, Deputy General Manager of Business Operations
Kings River Conservation District

Program Manager
Eric Osterling, Manager of Water Resources
Kings River Conservation District

Program Coordinator
Cristel Tufenkjian, Manager of Public Relations
Kings River Conservation District

Contracts Manager
Soua Lee, Resource Analyst
Kings River Conservation District

Board Members

Member Agency Director
Alta Irrigation District Norman Waldner, Board Director
Alternate: Chad Wegley, General Manager
City of Clovis Bob Whalen, Mayor
Alternate: Scott Redelfs, Public Utilities Director
Alternate: Paul Armendariz, Assistant Public Utilities Director
City of Dinuba Emilio Morales, Council Member
City of Fresno Director Steve Brandau, Council Member
Alternate: Thomas Esqueda, Director of Public Utilities
City of Kerman Gary Yep, Mayor Pro Tem
Alternate: Ken Moore, Public Works Director
City of Parlier Mayor
Alternate: City Manager
Alternate: City Engineer
City of Reedley Mary Fast, Council Member
Alternate: Anita Betancourt, Mayor
Alternate: Russ Robertson, Director of Public Works
City of Sanger Melissa Hurtado, Council Member
Alternate: John Mulligan, Public Works Director
City of Selma Scott Robertson, Mayor Pro Tem
Alternate: Louis Franco, Council Member
Alternate: Michael Derr, Council Member
Alternate: Jim Avalos, Mayor
Alternate: Yvette Montijo, Council Member
Alternate: Henry Perea, Interim City Manger
County of Fresno Buddy Mendes, Supervisor
Alternate: Steven White, Director of Dept. of Public Works & Planning
Alternate: Bernard Jimenez, Deputy Director, Dept. of Public Works & Planning
County of Tulare Steve Worthley, Supervisor Chair
Alternate: Denise England, Deputy County Administrative Officer
Consolidated Irrigation District Larry Cruff, Board Director
Alternate: Phillip Desatoff, General Manager
Fresno Irrigation District William Stretch, Assistant General Manager
Kings County Water District Barry McCutcheon, Board Director
Alternate: Dennis Mills, General Manager
Kings River Conservation District David Cehrs, Board President
Alternate: Mark McKean, Board Director
Alternate: Paul G. Peschel, General Manager
Alternate: Randy Shilling, Deputy General Manager
Fresno Metro. Flood Cont. Dist. Buzz Burleson, Board Director
Alternate: Frank Fowler, Board Director
Alternate: Alan Hofmann, General Manager
Alternate: Peter Sanchez, District Engineer
Raisin City Water District Jerry Rai, Board Director
Alternate: Don Cameron, Board Director