General Manager

On December 14, 2015 the Montecito Water District Board of Directors named Nicholas Turner, P.E. as General Manager of the District effective February 2, 2016.

Prior to working for the Montecito Water District, Mr. Turner was employed as the General Manager of the Lamont Public Utility District in Kern County. Before that, Mr. Turner was employed as a District Engineer/Project Manager by AECOM, a global leader in engineering design services, specializing in water and wastewater infrastructure projects for public agencies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been a licensed professional civil engineer for over 10 years.

Mr. Turner succeeded Thomas Mosby, who retired as Montecito Water District's General Manager after 25 years of service to the District.

Business Manager

Tom Sheil began as Business Manager for the Montecito Water District in 2017. Mr. Sheil served prior as Chief Financial Officer for profit and non-profit corporations, including a 10-year role for Mission Without Borders International. He also ran his own consulting firm for nearly a decade. Mr. Sheil brings expertise in a wide range of corporate accounting functions and negotiations with government agencies, nationally and internationally. His strengths include fiscal and operational development, business finance modeling and analysis, annual strategic/profit plan, and monthly forecasting. He earned professional licenses as Stock Broker and Life Agent, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, Northridge.

Mr. Sheil oversees the Business Department, responsible for the finance, accounting, data processing, personnel and water conservation functions of the District. Business Department staff include Marla, Ray, Susan, Nancy Jean and Lois. This skilled and knowledgeable team has experience ranging from 1-31 years of District service.

Water Conservation Specialist

Mike Clark came to the District in February 2005. Mike’s job is to promote water conservation and help customers improve water use efficiency. Mike has a degree in Natural Resources Management and 16 years’ experience as a landscaper in Montecito. He is available by appointment to meet with you at your home or business to review your water use and make recommendations on maintenance, irrigation, and planting for better water use efficiency (and lower water bills). Mike can provide you with free literature on saving water indoors and out.

Engineering Manager

Adam Kanold is a licensed civil engineer specializing in water, wastewater, and storm water utility design and construction. Mr. Kanold joined the Montecito Water District in 2016. Immediately prior, Mr. Kanold served for more than ten years as a Civil Engineer for Tetra Tech, the top-ranked water consulting firm according to ENR (Engineering News-Record).

Mr. Kanold's project management, engineering and design experience spans water projects around the world, including locations throughout the United States and overseas in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Korea, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Kenya. He is also the founder of the Santa Barbara / Ventura Engineers Without Borders chapter, which provides engineering solutions in water crisis situations to developing countries around the world.

Water Distribution Department

The Water Distribution Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 107 miles of water distribution mains and 4550 service connections. The Water Distribution Department is supervised by Danny Rodriguez, Water Distribution Superintendent. Mr. Rodriguez has been with the District since 1983. He is supported by Steve, Joey, Cesar, Richard, Beto, John, and Jesus.

Water Treatment Department

The Water Treatment Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of groundwater wells, pump stations, one dam, one lake, ten reservoirs and water treatment facilities of the District. The Water Treatment Department is supervised by Chad Hurshman, Water Treatment & Production Superintendent. Mr. Hurshman has been with the District since 2001. He is supported by Louis, Jim, Joe, and Mark.

Public Information Coordinator

Laura Camp joined Montecito Water District in late 2016 as Public Information Coordinator. Throughout her career, both as an employee and consultant, Ms. Camp has gained experience in a variety of sectors, including education, engineering, manufacturing, and public service. In various roles, Ms. Camp has successfully supported the rapidly evolving needs of public and private corporations, non-profit organizations, and government entities with a focus on communications and technology.

Ms. Camp holds a Master's Degree in International Business from Pepperdine University. She worked in Belgium and successfully implemented a program with a supporting multinational communications campaign.

While earning her B.A. from Brown University, she lived in Tanzania for more than a year without a reliable source of water. This was a formative experience that imbued in her a gratitude for things she had previously taken for granted. Ms. Camp grew up in Santa Barbara and is committed to the community and its resources.

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