John Kennedy will take the helm at the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in 2024 according to a statement released by the agency.
Kennedy, who currently serves as the District’s executive director of engineering and water resources, was selected by the Board to succeed Michael R. Markus, who has served as general manager since 2007 when he retires.
“John Kennedy’s deep understanding of our operations, his leadership skills, and his vision for the future of water resources in Orange County make him the ideal choice to lead OCWD,” said OCWD Board President Cathy Green. “We are confident that under John’s leadership, OCWD will continue to excel in its mission of providing sustainable water solutions for our 2.5-million-person service area.”
Kennedy has more than 40 years of experience in the water and civil engineering industry. In his new role, Kennedy will guide OCWD in its ongoing endeavors toward maximized water supply, sustainable water resource management and technological innovation.
“I am deeply honored by the Board’s confidence in me and excited to lead OCWD into its next chapter,” said Kennedy. “I look forward to working with our incredible team to continue providing safe, reliable water to Orange County.”
A registered professional civil engineer in California, Kennedy holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.