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Introducing our new General Manager – Dick McKinley!

The Board of Commissioners has selected Dick McKinley as the new General Manager of the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District. They would like to warmly welcome Dick McKinley to Alderwood; they are excited to have him aboard and to see how he will lead this great team.

McKinley is a public works professional with over 30 years of experience. Most recently, he is the director of public works for Paso Robles, California, and prior to that he served as director of public works in Surprise, 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.

McKinley said, “that he is looking forward to working with a great district and returning to Washington.”  His first day at the District will be September 21.

The District’s current interim General Manager is John McClellan, Engineering and Development Director.

The Office of the Executive is tasked with creating business plans, overseeing day-to-day activities, improving performance, developing organizational culture, supervising heads of departments, and directing organizational strategy.

The Office of Executive consists of our General Manager, Executive Assistant, Emergency Management and Human Resources

General Manager

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.

Human Resources

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.