January 9, 2017–The Rowland Water District (RWD) Board of Directors approved an amended employment agreement for General Manager Tom Coleman at its meeting on December 12.   The new agreement reflects changes to Coleman’s medical and vacation benefits which take effect January 2018 and extends the contract term by seven years.  The Board of Directors reviews the General Manager’s employment agreement on an annual basis.

Coleman was appointed General Manager of the District in December 2014 after serving as the District’s Assistant General Manager. He is responsible for the decision-making and day-to-day management that allows the District to fulfill its mission of delivering high-quality, reliable drinking water to about 55,000 people.

“I am honored to serve as the General Manager of Rowland Water District,” Coleman said. “I am committed to building the District’s position as a best-in-class organization and maintaining its impact as a leader in this region.  But above all else, I am excited to continue the District’s commitment to securing a dependable, reliable water supply for our customers in the face of unprecedented challenges.”

Coleman’s career in the water industry spans more than 25 years. He has served in leadership roles at several water agencies in the region, including Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company and Orchard Dale Water District, and in various water management positions with the City of Alhambra.

“Tom’s experience and dedication to Rowland Water is invaluable as we face the numerous pressures and changes ahead in our region and our industry,” said Rowland Water Board President Szu Pei Lu-Yang.  “He is a champion for our rate payers and a terrific leader for our team.  We look forward to working together to achieve the District’s strategic goals for the future.”


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