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Dick McKinley has been the General Manager of the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District since September 21, 2020. McKinley is a public works professional with over 30 years of experience. His previous experience includes the director of public works for Paso Robles, California, director of public works in Suprise, Arizona, and Tacoma, Bellingham, and Walla Walla Washington. He has overseen the full range of public works responsibilities including water and wastewater utilities, general maintenance, engineering, and capital projects. He also has strong experience in finance and budgeting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University, and a master’s in public administration from Portland State University.
The General Manager is responsible for running the district, including implementing the policy directives of the board and working with other department heads and member agencies to carry out Alderwood’s mission.
The General Manager reports directly to the Board of Directors and provides leadership and management of the water district’s public policies and strategic initiatives, assets and resources, and all administrative, operational, and financial activities for Alderwood.
Alderwood Water & Wastewater District’s Human Resources Department responsible for the planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing of activities and operations for 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 Outreach
The Emergency Management & Public Outreach Planner (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 EMPOP manages the District’s emergency management program, including complex components of the District’s Emergency Response Plan, Regional Disaster Plan and mitigation and recovery plans. The EMPOP 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 District employees; provide information and/or responds to District issues.