Wendell Johnson Hired as West Basin’s New Manager of Engineering

By on August 30, 2020

West Basin Municipal Water District has announced the hiring of Wendell Johnson as the manager of engineering. Johnson brings more than 20 years of engineering and public service experience to the district.

“Wendell brings a wealth of valuable experience and skills to our team,” said West Basin General Manager Patrick Sheilds, and touts experience with project, construction and contract management, labor contract negotiations, service contracts, interagency agreements and operations and maintenance budgeting.

Johnson, a California registered civil engineer, previously served as the director of public works with the cities of Compton and Lomita. While employed at the city of Lomita, he acted as the general manager of their water department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Johnson originally relocated to California to work in the oil and gas industry, before finding his home in public service. He is the first African American to serve as West Basin’s manager of the engineering department.

West Basin Municipal Water District, located in Carson, California, serves the communities of Carson, Culver City, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthrone, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verde, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and West Hollywood.