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General Manager:
John McClellan

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General Manager

John McClellan ~ New General Manager at the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District

On May 15, 2023, the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District’s (AWWD) Board of Commissioners were pleased to announce that Mr. John McClellan, who has served as the District’s interim General Manager for the prior six months, will permanently serve the District’s residents in that role.

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to promote John to the position of General Manager,” said Dean Lotz, President of the AWWD Board of Commissioners. “Over the past six months, it became increasingly obvious that the best candidate for this role was already serving as our interim General Manager. The Board is impressed by John’s consistent and collaborative leadership, his knowledge of the district, his industry expertise, and his positive, existing relationships with staff, Commissioners, and the larger water and sewer community,” added Lotz.

With over 30 years engineering and utility experience, Mr. McClellan has served as AWWD’s Engineering & Development Director for five years. Prior to joining AWWD, he worked in Operations and in Engineering at Everett Public Works for 15 years, including three years as the water treatment plant manager, and 10 years as their Operations Superintendent.  Mr. McClellan is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington, and holds certifications for Water Distribution Manager 4, and Cross Connection Control Specialist.  Mr. McClellan also volunteers as the chair of King County’s Metropolitan Water Pollution Abatement Advisory Committee (MWPAAC). “John has also earned the respect of his peers at other municipalities,” adds Lotz. “The AWWD Board and I look forward to continue working with John, as we strive to provide the best possible water and sewer service to our ratepayers.”

The General Manager reports directly to the Board of Commissioners and provides leadership and management of the water district’s public policies and strategic initiatives, assets and resources, and all other administrative, operational, and financial activities for AWWD, and for working with other department heads and partner agencies, to carry out the District’s overall mission.

Human Resources

AWWD’s Human Resources Department is responsible for the planning, organizing, directing, and the reviewing of activities and operations within the human resource function. Included in this area are recruitment, selection, classification, compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, compensation, benefits, record keeping, administration, and employee relations.

Emergency Management & Public Communications

The Communications and Resiliency Planner (CRP, previously called the ‘EMPOP’) is responsible for managing the District’s Emergency Management program and developing and managing effective public communication programs. Under the direction of the General Manager, the CRP manages AWWD’s emergency management program, including complex components of the District’s Emergency Response Plan, Regional Disaster Plan and mitigation and recovery plans. The CRP also manages a variety of programs centering around effective communication between the District and the media, the community, senior staff, the Board of Commissioners, other governmental jurisdictions, businesses, and AWWD employees, and provides information, and responds to District issues.