The Board of Directors welcomes you to OMWD's website. We hope you find it interesting and informative. Our elected, five-member Board of Directors works diligently to set policies that govern this water distribution agency. We take pride in our ability to carry out our responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and consensus, aided by an experienced and competent staff.
To achieve its goals, OMWD maintains a philosophy of a rewarding working environment, high level of customer service, open communication with the public, and a strong financial position. These elements are imperative for achieving long-range infrastructure plans to provide a sustainable water supply for generations to come.
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The Board of Directors, each member representing one of OMWD’s five divisions, charts OMWD's strategic direction and sets policies and guidelines.
Lawrence A. Watt, President
Mr. Watt, a veteran public works official with over three decades of public sector experience, was originally appointed to the board in 2011 and was elected in November 2012 to his first full term of office as the Division 2 representative. In addition to serving as president, Mr. Watt serves on OMWD's Safety, Ad Hoc Personnel, Ad Hoc Outreach, and Ad Hoc Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Strategic Planning Committees. Mr. Watt also represents OMWD on the Executive Committee of the American Public Works Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter and the Board of Directors of the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority.
Prior to joining OMWD, Mr. Watt was Director of Public Works for the City of Encinitas. In this capacity, Mr. Watt oversaw maintenance of the city's facilities, fleet, public roadway network, stormwater drainage system, and wastewater operations. He also served as General Manager of the San Dieguito Water District. Previously, Mr. Watt served as head of the County of San Diego Department of Public Works' Transportation Division, and he has also spent time with the California Department of Transportation.
An Encinitas resident and OMWD customer for over 30 years, Mr. Watt holds a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and a master's degree from San Diego State University. He serves as chair of Palomar College's Public Works Advisory Committee and is a credentialed California Community College Instructor.
Christy Guerin, Vice President
Ms. Guerin was appointed to the board in January 2011 to represent Division 3, and won election to her first full term of office in November 2012. In addition to her duties on the board, Ms. Guerin serves on OMWD's Safety, Ad Hoc Personnel, and Ad Hoc Facilities Committees. Ms. Guerin's tenure at OMWD follows a long tradition of public service; she is a ten-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and former council member and mayor of the City of Encinitas. In her capacity with the city, Ms. Guerin served on the San Dieguito Water District Board of Directors and also represented the city on the San Diego Association of Governments' Board of Directors. Ms. Guerin lives in Encinitas with her husband and is the mother of four children.
Edmund K. Sprague, Treasurer
Mr. Sprague was originally appointed to the Board of Directors in 2008 to represent Division 5, and served from 2009 to 2012 as president of the board. He currently represents OMWD on the California Special District Association's Education Committee and serves on OMWD's Ad Hoc Finance, Ad Hoc Outreach, and Ad Hoc Facilities Committees. Mr. Sprague earned in 2010 the Recognition in Special District Governance certification from the Special District Leadership Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of the Special District Risk Management Authority in 2011. Mr. Sprague is currently Deputy Fire Chief for North County Fire Protection District. He is a lifetime resident of northern San Diego County and, since 1999, resides in Carlsbad with his wife, Monica, and their three children. Mr. Sprague holds bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from San Diego State University.
Gerald E. Varty, Secretary
Mr. Varty has represented Division 4 since his appointment to the Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Varty has spent the last two decades developing a great familiarity with OMWD, regional water issues, and environmental concerns which further impact the need to pursue diversification of water supply. He currently serves on OMWD's Ad Hoc Finance, Ad Hoc Conservation, and Ad Hoc Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Strategic Planning Committees. Mr. Varty holds a bachelor's degree in management from San Diego State University. He has previously served as a manager with Eastman Kodak and as Director of Service for local firm Retail Inkjet Solutions. Mr. Varty and his family have resided in Olivenhain since 1987.
Robert F. Topolovac, Director
Mr. Topolovac serves as the representative of Division 1 on the Board of Directors, and as a member of OMWD's Ad Hoc Conservation Committee. He also serves as OMWD's representative to the San Diego County Water Authority, at which he serves as chairman of SDCWA's Legislation, Conservation, and Outreach Committee. Mr. Topolovac is a tireless proponent of local government's need to protect the environment while tenaciously pursuing alternative, local water supplies. Mr. Topolovac retired from a 35-year career in higher and secondary education and presently serves as a volunteer sheriff at the Encinitas sheriff's station. He has been a resident of northern San Diego County since 1965 and currently lives in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife, Ellie. Mr. Topolovac holds a master's degree in human relations and school administration from Ohio University.
OMWD's directors are elected officials representing each of OMWD's five divisions, and are selected by voters in the November general election in even-numbered years. Individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors are invited to visit the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters for the latest information on how to file as a candidate, including filing deadlines.