Management

GM John Rossi

John V. Rossi, GM


As general manager of Western Municipal Water District, John Rossi is responsible for the 527-square mile water resource agency. Mr. Rossi’s duties include planning, direction and management of the water, wastewater, nonpotable and recycled water activities and operations of the District. Mr. Rossi is a court-appointed Watermaster for the Santa Ana River Watershed and Western judgments. Western is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG).

John Rossi currently serves on boards of various entities, including Vice-President on the California Municipal Utilities Association Board of Governors the Urban Water Institute, the UCR Water Science & Policy Center’s Advisory Board, the California Baptist University Board of Visitors, and member of the Association of California Water Agencies Water Management Committee. Mr. Rossi previously served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Rancho California Water District in Temecula, California, as well as served on the board for the Association of California Water Agencies, the Chino Basin Watermaster Board and as Vice-President of the WateReuse Association Board. Mr. Rossi also served as a founding board member and President of the California Utility Executives Management Association.

In 2013, Mr. Rossi was recognized by the Association of California Water Agencies with the Excellence in Water Leadership Award for his long history of leadership in the water industry; problem-solving and contributing to California water policy.

Prior to his employment with Western, Mr. Rossi was the Chief Executive Officer of the Chino Basin Watermaster and the General Manager of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

John has been married to his wife Pamela for 30 years. Together they have six children and two grandchildren.

DGM Craig Miller

Craig Miller, DGM



As Deputy General Manager of the 527-square mile Western Municipal Water District, Craig Miller is responsible for assisting with managing the day-to-day activities of the District, including oversight of Operations, Engineering, Community Affairs and Water Resources.

He currently sits on the Association of California Water Agencies Groundwater Committee, representing Region 9.

Mr. Miller has more than 25 years of engineering and leadership experience, is a registered civil engineer in the state of California, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and is on the Association of California Water Agencies, (ACWA) Groundwater Committee. Mr. Miller resides in the city of Orange with his wife, Cinthia, and two college-aged sons.

Mr. Miller’s work experience includes 20 years at the Orange County Water District and private consulting, specializing in water resource development, water rights, groundwater management, water and sewer system operations and capital project development.

AGM Jeff SimsJeffrey D. Sims, AGM/COO

Jeff Sims is responsible for overseeing Western’s engineering and operations functions. He has nearly 30 years of experience in water, 18 of those years having been spent at Western. During his time at Western, Jeff has been an integral member of the team serving originally as principal engineer and then as AGM/COO. Prior to Western, Jeff served as the director of land development services and project manager for J.F. Davidson Associates where he worked in planning, entitlements, CEQA and design of residential, commercial and industrial projects. He is a registered civil engineer in the state of California and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cal State San Bernardino. In addition, Jeff has also done post graduate studies at California Southern Law School and lectured on Utility Asset Management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jeff currently serves on the city of Moreno Valley's planning commission and has served on the city of Moreno Valley’s traffic safety commission. He's also a member of 2012 Leadership Riverside, a group that contributes to the area’s economic and cultural vitality.

AGM Rod Lemond

Rod LeMond, AGM/CFO



‏Rod LeMond directs the financial endeavors for Western. In joining Western in 2009, he brought more than 30 years of experience in the financial fields as an independent auditor and management consultant to local governments: cities, counties, special districts and joint powers agencies. Mr. LeMond’s experience includes working with mid-size to large and complex entities encompassing finance and accounting, treasury, human resources and information systems. Government enterprise engagement experience includes waste management, water and sewer, and electric utilities. Prior to joining Western, Mr. LeMond was with McGladrey ,LLP, since 1977. McGladrey is a national public accounting and consulting firm that operates through 90 locations in the United States employing 8,000 personnel. Mr. LeMond has a Master of Business Administration, Finance, California State University, San Bernardino; a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, California State University, Fullerton; Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California and Nevada; and Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM), by Association of Government Accountants.


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Tim Barr
Director of Water Resources
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Greg Duecker
Director of Administration/Information Technology
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Chris Fike

Deputy Director - Maintenance Operations
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Karly Gaynor 

Water Planning and Policy Manager
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Candi Judd 

Director of Human Resources
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Derek Kawaii

Director of Engineering
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Kevin Mascaro
Director of Finance 
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Tom McMillen
Safety & Risk Program Manager 
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Gary Miller
Deputy Director - System Operations
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Mike Mouser
Information Technology Manager
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Paul Rugge
Director of Operations 
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Ryan Shaw
Deputy Director of Water Resources
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Veronica Yun Zheng
Accounting Manager