The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors has named Rancho Santa Fe resident Ken Westphal as the new director, representing Division 1 which includes Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach.
Westphal, the only candidate for the vacancy after Frank Creede resigned in December, was interviewed by the board on February 17, sworn in that day and immediately got to work sitting down on the dais .
“Needless to say, water is a very important natural resource and climate challenges are intensifying our community interests as well as water industry innovation,” Westphal said. “I hope to provide navigational skills to help meet the challenges of water supply, a very critical resource.”
Westphal has lived in the Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe area for more than 40 years and said he understands the challenges faced by the two diverse communities with unique needs.
Westphal recently retired as Director of Growth for ACCO Engineered Systems, one of the nation’s largest independent mechanical contractors. At ACCO, he was responsible for expanding into new geographic markets, adding new products and facilitating strategic acquisitions. He has also worked with a variety of labor and management initiatives in workforce training and apprenticeship programs for mechanical contractors.
A few years ago, while planning his retirement, he was looking for ways to get involved in his community and volunteered to serve on the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Infrastructure and Roads Committee. professional in commercial and industrial construction and his interest in water led him to sit on the Association’s water committee.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we warmly welcome Mr. Westphal,” said Michael Hogan, Chairman of the Board of Directors in a press release. “We appreciate his willingness to volunteer for this position and look forward to the perspective his experience will bring to the management of our community’s water supply. Our board has a busy slate in the coming months with the realignment, re-budgeting and rate setting process, and I’m thrilled that we have a full board again.
Westphal’s term will expire in December 2022. The Division 1 manager seat will be vacant for a two-year term in the November 2022 election.