RIVERSIDE, CA – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, appointed Laura Roughton to the Division 4 seat. Roughton was subsequently sworn in at Western Municipal Water District (Western) headquarters and joined the Community and Government Affairs Committee Meeting as the newest member of the Western Board of Directors.
The appointment comes after the seat was left vacant by the passing of former Director Donald D. Galleano on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Division 4 includes the communities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and Norco (see map).
Director Roughton is a long-time resident of the represented area, living within the Division 4 boundaries for more than 30 years. She most recently served as the Jurupa Valley City Council representative to the Western Riverside Council of Governments and to the One Water One Watershed (OWOW) Steering Committee under the Santa Ana River Watershed Project Authority. During her time on the OWOW Steering Committee, Director Roughton displayed her leadership through regional collaboration in the Santa Ana Watershed to protect and carefully utilize the watershed shared by residents and visitors to our region.
Director Roughton’s extensive background in successful public service and familiarity with the water industry will be critical when supporting Western’s retail and wholesale customers. Her appointment as a representative of the Division 4 area will allow Western to continue focusing on the safe, reliable delivery of water and wastewater (sewer) services throughout the service area.
The Division 4 Director’s seat will be placed on the ballot for the November 2022 general election. The newly appointed Director will hold the office until the general election results are certified.
Learn more about Western’s Board of Directors by visiting wmwd.com/BoardOfDirectors.