The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors named Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer Norma Camacho as the interim CEO Tuesday, pending the outcome of a nationwide search for a permanent CEO.
“Camacho has the experience and know-how that we need to steer this ship while we search for a permanent replacement,” said Board Chair Barbara Keegan. “We believe that the day-to-day operation of this organization is in good hands.”
Camacho, a 4-year veteran of the water district, steps into the role vacated by Beau Goldie, who retired in January. Per the board’s plan, Chief Operating Officer Jim Fiedler served as acting CEO for a month following Goldie’s departure, and the position then rotated to Camacho.
Camacho has headed up the Watersheds division for her entire time at the district. As the chief, she has had a staff of about 200 employees and has overseen flood protection and stream stewardship activities. During her tenure in Watersheds, she has led her team to progress on projects on San Francisquito, Permanente and Upper Llagas creeks and has brought the Evelyn Fish Passage project to completion. Another accomplishment during her time at the water district was the passage of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, an annual parcel tax approved by voters that continues to provide funding to Watersheds projects.
Teamwork will be an important tenet of Camacho’s time at the helm.
“I look at this as a team effort with myself and all the chiefs. I think it’s going to take all of us to work together in collaboration to get through this gap period, to continue all the good work of the district and to push forward on the large projects that we are going to be facing us in the future,” Camacho said. “Then, at the end of this process, we’re going to be handing the permanent CEO a solid organization that has accomplished much and is going to be working in harmony.”
Camacho will remain interim CEO until the board fills the position permanently.
Source: Santa Clara Valley Water District