California American Water Has New VP of Operations

American Water recently announced it has named Garry Hofer the Vice President of Operations of California American Water, effective immediately. Hofer replaces Rich Svindland, who was named the President of California American Water last February.

As the vice president for Operations, Hofer will now lead all operations for California American Water including Water and Wastewater Treatment, Transmission, Distribution, Field Services, SCADA, Water Quality and Environmental Compliance, Customer Advocacy, and Metering.

“We are pleased to have Garry take on this position for the company,” said Rich Svindland, the president of California American Water. “Throughout his years at California American Water, Garry has demonstrated his vast knowledge of water utility operations and his exceptional leadership skills. Garry has done an outstanding job as the Director for Southern California Operations these last five years and we look forward to seeing him continue to serve our customers well in his new role.”

Hofer began his career at California American Water in 2008 as the External Affairs Manager for the Southern Division and later, the Operations Manager for the Los Angeles District. Hofer has served as the Director of Operations for the Southern California Division since 2012 where he was responsible for overseeing 70,000 service connections and helped provide high quality water services to approximately 180,000 residents in throughout the San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura County districts.

Hofer’s additional water utility experiences includes managing corporate communications, public and media relations at Southwest Water Company Utility Group and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

A member of American Water Works Association and the California Water Association, Hofer maintains chapter memberships with various organizations such as the Main San Gabriel Watermaster Board of Directors and Raymond Basin Board of Directors. Hofer is also the Former President for the Board of Directors with the Hurst Ranch Historical Center.

Hofer received his Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from University of La Verne, and attended Chapman College for graduate studies in Creative Writing. He holds Level II certifications for Water and Wastewater Treatment.


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