The Dublin San Ramon Services District has hired Jeff Carson, formerly with the city of Hayward, as its new operations manager.
Carson, who started Monday, will oversee a $14.3 million annual budget and 62 employees as the senior executive responsible for wastewater, drinking water and recycled water operations for the agency that provides water and wastewater services to Dublin and parts of San Ramon as well as sewer service to Pleasanton by contract.
His starting base salary is $15,743 per month, according to an agreement approved by DSRSD's board of directors last month.
"Jeff is a strong leader who continually improves operations through systematic training and sustaining a culture of teamwork," DSRSD general manager Dan McIntyre said in a statement. "His experience in Hayward deploying state-of-the-art technologies to recover energy and water from wastewater fit well with the district's strategic goals."
For the last four years, Carson worked as operations and maintenance manager for the city of Hayward's water pollution control facility, which is similar in scale to DSRSD's regional wastewater treatment facility, according to the district.
While there, he helped launch renewable energy and water recycling projects that brought state and national recognition to Hayward. In June, the California Water Environment Association named Carson one of the state's "emerging leaders in the water environment."
Carson has nearly 20 years of wastewater industry experience in the Bay Area, having also worked for the Oro Loma Sanitary District and Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin. He holds bachelor's degrees in biology and environmental studies from California State University, East Bay and professional certifications in wastewater treatment, water distribution, laboratory analysis and environmental compliance, according to DSRSD.
As stipulated in his contract, Carson's salary will be subject to annual cost-of-living and merit adjustments so long as his performance is satisfactory. He would be eligible for a 3% pay raise at the beginning of 2018 and 4% increases in 2019 and 2020.
DSRSD will also offer Carson health and retirement benefits, provide a computer for business use and reimburse a biannual license renewal fee, according to the agreement.
DSRSD's former operations manager, Dan Gallagher, retired in May, prompting a nationwide recruitment that netted 25 applicants.