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

Mary Fast, Mayor
City of Reedley

Vice Chair
Bill Stretch, General Manager
Fresno Irrigation District

David Merritt, General Manager
Kings River Conservation District

Assistant Treasurer
Brian Trevarrow, Deputy General Manager / Chief Financial Officer
Kings River Conservation District

Program Manager
Soua Lee, Program and Regulatory Analyst
Kings River Conservation District


Board Members

Member Agency Director
Alta Irrigation District Director – John Kalender, Board Director
Alternate: Chad Wegley, General Manager
City of Clovis Lynne Ashbeck, Mayor
Alternate: Scott Redelfs, Public Utilities Director
Alternate: Paul Armendariz, Assistant Public Utilities Director
City of Dinuba Maribel Reynosa, Mayor
Alternate: Rachel Nerio-Gurrero, Council Member
Alternate: Ismael Hernandez, Public Works Director
City of Fresno Director – Luis Chavez, Council Member
Alternate: Director of Public Utilities (Brock Buche)
Alternate: Assistant Director – Water Division (vacant)
Alternate: Projects Administrator (Dejan Pavic)
City of Kerman Bill Nijjer, Council Member
Alternate: Gary Yep, Mayor
City of Parlier Mayor
Alternate: City Manager
Alternate: City Engineer
City of Reedley Mary Fast, Mayor Pro-Tem
Alternate: Anita Betancourt, Council Member
Alternate: Russ Robertson, Director of Public Works
City of Sanger Esmeralda Hurtado, Council Member
Alternate: John Mulligan, Public Works Director
City of Selma Beverly Cho, Mayor Pro-Tem
Alternate: Ralph Jimenez, Interim City Manger
Alternate: Fernando Santillan, Deputy City Manager
County of Fresno Buddy Mendes, Supervisor Chair
Alternate: Steven White, Director of Dept. of Public Works & Planning
Alternate: Bernard Jimenez, Deputy Director, Dept. of Public Works & Planning
Alternate: Roy Jimenez, Planner
County of Tulare Eddie Valero, Supervisor
Alternate: Denise England, Deputy County Administrative Officer
Consolidated Irrigation District Mitchel Ritchie, Board Director
Alternate: Phillip Desatoff, General Manager
Fresno Irrigation District Ryan Jacobsen, Board President
Alternate: Bill Stretch, General Manager
Kings County Water District Barry McCutcheon, Board Director
Alternate: Dennis Mills, General Manager
Kings River Conservation District Paul Stanfield, Board President
Alternate: Mark McKean, Board Director
Alternate: David Merritt, General Manager
Fresno Metro. Flood Cont. Dist. James E. (Buzz) Burleson, Board Director
Alternate: Frank Fowler, Board Chair
Alternate: Peter Sanchez, Interim General Manager
Alternate: Brent Sunamoto, Interim District Engineer
Raisin City Water District Don Cameron, Board Director
Alternate: John Verwey, Board Director