Board of Directors

photo of Ken Kannegaard and Piret Harmon Your Water District Board

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. Directors are elected to four-year staggered terms by the voters in the District service area.  The Board establishes policy and provides  leadership for the District.  In February 2014, the Board adopted the Scotts Valley Water District Mission, Core Values, Vision and Strategic Goals. 

Board Vacancy

The District (SVWD) is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. Applicants who are passionate about public service and willing to explore the complexities of the water industry. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by July 10, 2017 to: Board President, Scotts Valley Water District, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, California 95066 or email.

The Board of Directors will conduct interviews on July 17, 2017 and the appointment will be made no later than July 28, 2017. The partial term will begin in August and continue through November 2018, when the appointee is eligible to run for election to a 4-year term.

Applicants are required to:

  • Be a registered voter
  • Reside in the District’s service area
  • Attend regular Board meetings (second Tuesday of each month)
  • Attend one or more Board committee meetings per month
  • Read and digest monthly board packets (50-150 pages)

The Board of Directors has oversight over Scotts Valley Water District and appoints the General Manager to handle day-to-day operations. The Directors have the power to set the budget, set water rates and establish policies that support the vision and mission of the District. The Board meets monthly to provide direction to the staff on matters such as groundwater sustainability, statewide mandates and regional conjunctive use projects

Directors have to remain objective and responsive to the needs of the public they serve. They must make decisions within the proper channels of governmental structure, and not use public office for personal gain. Directors also serve on the District's standing committees and may represent the District on agency boards and commissions in the region or statewide.

We'll Meet You Here

The Board of Directors meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley.  See the Board and Committee page for more information.

photo of SVWD board member David Hodgen

David T. Hodgin (Current Term 2014 - 2018) 
Director Hodgin is a Certified Management Consultant, serves on the Finance and Personnel Committee. In addition, Director Hodgin is the Central Coast Chair for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and serves on its Finance and Water Quality Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority, is a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Risk Management Committee and Vice Chair of the Liability Program Committee.

photo of Board member Ken Kannegaard

Ken Kannegaard 
The Scotts Valley Water District is saddened to announce the passing of District Director Ken Kannegaard on May 27, 2017.  Director Kannegaard was first elected to the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2006, and reelected in 2010 and 2014. He served most recently on the Water Resources & Engineering Committee, having served previously on the Executive & Public Affairs Committee and the Finance & Personnel Committee. Director Kannegaard was elected by his fellow directors to be Board President in 2015.

photo of SVWD board member Chris Perri

Chris Perri (Current Term 2016 - 2020)
Director Perri is the Board Vice President, is Chair of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Advisory Committee, serves on the Water Resources and Engineering Committee and is an alternate on the Executive and Public Affairs Committee.  He also serves on the Association of California Water Agencies Energy Committee and Membership Committee.

photo of board member Danny Reber

Danny Reber (Current Term 2016 - 2020) 
Director Reber serves on the Water Resources and Engineering Committee and Executive and Public Affairs Committee.
In addition to his duties serving the Water District, Danny Reber is also the Executive Director for the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He is very active in his community, serving as a Past President for Scotts Valley Rotary and was named "Scotts Valley Man of the Year" in 2006. He is a lifelong resident of Scotts Valley where he lives with his wife, Michelle and two daughters, Maya and Arwen.

photo of SVWD Board member Ruth Stiles

Ruth Stiles (Current Term 2016-2018)
Director Stiles is the Board President. She is a Board Certified Master Arborist and horticultural consultant. She brings insights to the Board gained over 30 years of working with water efficiency in the landscape setting.
Director Stiles is interested in exploring innovative options to stabilize the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin to ensure that we have plenty of water in perpetuity.