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Wanted: Big vision, small ego to run Kern County Water Agency

 •  by Lois Henry
Curtis Creel, KCWA General Manager, 2016-2019

One of California’s most important water jobs is coming open next month.

It’s a job with immense responsibilities, clout and high pay. And even though it’s the head of a public agency, most people have no idea how much it affects their daily lives, especially in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

Kern County Water Agency General Manager Curtis Creel will retire Dec. 7, leaving a very large and important hole to fill.

The agency is the second largest contractor on the State Water Project and pays 25 percent of the bill for that massive endeavor, giving it a very big voice on most water issues.

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