|Posted on 4/21/2016 7:26:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has announced a new general manager. Kevin Patteson, a former Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) executive administrator, has been appointed to lead the river authority as the new general manager and chief executive officer.
Patteson will be replacing retiring General Manager William “Bill” West, Jr., who has served as GBRA’s general manager since February 1994. West will be retiring in September 2016. The decision was announced during Wednesday's meeting of the GBRA Board of Directors in Seguin.
Patteson says he's honored to have been selected. He says he will be relying on his water industry knowledge to help see the organization through the next few years.
"I was born and raised in Lampasas, went to school in Waco and then moved to Austin about 15 years ago. I've worked in various levels with the state from the governors office, TCQ, the state and federal relations, workforce commission and the water and development board. I feel like all those different paths have helped me prepare for this position," said Patteson.
Patteson says GBRA, no doubt, is a leader among river authorities with viable projects and who has the ability to bring cutting-edge water technology to the state of Texas.
"GBRA has a great reputation. Obviously, I want to maintain that. I have big shoes to fill in the departure of Bill so I want to get started and dive right into the issues and keep doing what GBRA has been doing very well and that's developing and conserving and protecting the water and the basin," said Patteson.
Board Chairman Thomas Mathews says after an extensive national search among a group of talented and qualified candidates, the board of directors determined that Patteson was the best fit to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization moving forward.
"We put out the position. It had just shy of 300 applicants for it and narrowed that down to a smaller pool and interviewed that pool and had a wide diverse group of candidates -- a lot of very talented people that brought a lot of different things to the table and ultimately, we chose Kevin Patteson based on his leadership skills as have been demonstrated working in state government and representing the state of Texas at multiple functions for many years -- as well as checking on many of his references and folks that he's interacted with. They think extremely highly of his leadership skills and his ability to reformat and shape and steer an organization and his depth of knowledge relative to water policy and environmental policy in the state of Texas -- we think are essential assets to take GBRA -- not just to try to fill Bill West's shoes, but to take us on into the future and lead us to bigger and brighter things as our organization continues to grow and try and serve the water needs of this state," said Mathews.
As the new general manager, Patteson will be the public face and the senior executive of the GBRA, overseeing the organization’s entire operations of more than 150 employees in multiple locations, assets of nearly $250 million, and leading its strategic initiatives in concert with the nine-member board of directors who are appointed by the governor.
Patteson says he looks forward to meeting everyone along the way and is ready to get to work.
"I look forward to traveling the basin and meeting everyone I can and listening to everyone's input on GBRA and how we can be the best organization moving forward," said Patteson.
However prior to officially stepping down, West says he will remain on board through the summer and will be part of Patteson's new transition into the new seat.
"We will be working together. He starts May the second. We'll be working together through that transition. That's all part of the plan," said West.
The GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun, and Refugio counties.
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