The San Diego County Water Authority announced Friday that its officers are negotiating contract terms with acting general manager Sandra L. Kerl to make her role permanent following a national search.
Kerl, a 10-year veteran of the water authority, took over the top management position on a temporary basis following the retirement in March of Maureen Stapleton.
“We are excited about what Sandy brings to the Water Authority — deep experience with water issues and her top-notch skills managing an agency that’s so critical to San Diego County,” said Board Chair Jim Madaffer. “Sandy has the knowledge, temperament and vision to begin a new, collaborative era of extraordinary achievements for our agency and our region.”
Thirty-two applications were received, with six candidates being interviewed by a panel of civic, business and community stakeholders. But in the end, the agency chose to promote from within.
“We had a long and transparent process that brought out the best — and I’m thankful for the extra effort by our board and civic leaders,” said Vice Chair Gary Croucher. “We are thrilled that Sandy is the finalist and we hope to conclude a contract with her in the next week for a vote by the board.”
Kerl has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of municipal management. Before joining the water authority as deputy general manager in November 2009, Kerl served as city manager of La Mesa.
Her contract will be voted on in open session during the regular board meeting scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at water authority headquarters in Kearny Mesa..
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