To achieve its goals, Olivenhain Municipal Water District maintains a philosophy of a rewarding working environment, high level of customer service, open communication with the public, and a strong financial position. These elements are imperative for achieving long-range infrastructure plans to provide a sustainable water supply for generations to come. OMWD’s board takes pride in its ability to carry out our responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and consensus, aided by an experienced and competent staff.
OMWD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected for staggered four-year terms, with each director being elected from a specific geographic area of OMWD’s service area. Current directors are as follows:
Edmund K. Sprague, President
Term of Office: 2016-2020
Mr. Sprague was originally appointed to the board in 2008 to represent Division 5, and served from 2015 through 2016 as president of the board. He currently represents OMWD on the California Special District Association’s Education Committee and serves on OMWD’s Finance, Ad Hoc Public Policy, Ad Hoc Public Outreach, and Ad Hoc Facilities Committees.
In 2010, Mr. Sprague earned the Recognition in Special District Governance certification from the Special District Leadership Foundation, served on the Special District Risk Management Authority board in 2011, and is a Regular Special District Member for the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission. He is a lifetime resident of northern San Diego County and, since 1999, resides in Carlsbad with his wife and their three children. Mr. Sprague holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from San Diego State University.
Robert F. Topolovac, Vice President
Term of Office: 2018-2022
Mr. Topolovac serves as the representative of Division 1 on the board, and as a member of OMWD’s Safety Committee, Ad Hoc Conservation Committee, and Ad Hoc Cybersecurity Committee. He served for 2½ years as OMWD’s representative to the San Diego County Water Authority and was Past Chair of the Authority’s Legislative, Conservation, and Outreach Committee as well as a member of its Administrative and Finance Committee.
Mr. Topolovac is a tireless proponent of local government’s need to protect the environment while tenaciously pursuing alternative, local water supplies. He retired from a 35-year career in higher and secondary education and presently serves as a volunteer sheriff at the Encinitas sheriff’s station. Mr. Topolovac has been a resident of northern San Diego County since 1965 and currently lives in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife. Mr. Topolovac holds a master’s degree in human relations and school administration from Ohio University.
Lawrence A. Watt, Treasurer
Term of Office: 2016-2020
Mr. Watt, a veteran public works official with over three decades of public sector experience, was originally appointed to the board in 2011 and was elected in November 2012 to his first full term of office as the Division 2 representative. In addition to currently serving as board president, Mr. Watt serves on OMWD’s Safety, Ad Hoc Public Outreach, Ad Hoc Partnerships, Ad Hoc Cybersecurity, and Ad Hoc Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Strategic Planning committees.
Mr. Watt also represents OMWD on the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority board. Prior to joining OMWD, Mr. Watt was Director of Public Works for the City of Encinitas and General Manager of the San Dieguito Water District. Previously, Mr. Watt served as head of the County of San Diego Department of Public Works’ Transportation Division and he has also spent time with the California Department of Transportation. An Encinitas resident and OMWD customer for over 35 years, Mr. Watt and his wife have three adult children who are proud Encinitas natives. Mr. Watt holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree from San Diego State University. He is a credentialed California Community College Instructor and a longtime member of the American Public Works Association.
Robert M. Kephart, Secretary
Term of Office: 2018-2020
Mr. Kephart was appointed to the board in November 2018 to serve as the Division 4 representative through 2020. He worked in the construction and mechanical engineering industries before retiring from OMWD as a Pump/Motor Technician II in 2017.
Currently serving on the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Foundation board, Mr. Kephart also has 20 years of service on the County of San Diego Service Area 107 Fire Advisory Board. A volunteer firefighter for the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department for 19 years, he achieved the rank of Captain and chaired the department’s facilities committee. Mr. Kephart and his wife are long-time Elfin Forest residents with three grown children. Since 2015, he has served his community as an Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Trail Patrol Docent.
Christy Guerin, Director
Term of Office: 2016-2020
Ms. Guerin was appointed to the board in January 2011 to represent Division 3, and won election to her first full term of office in November 2012. In addition to her duties on the board, Ms. Guerin serves on OMWD’s Personnel, Ad Hoc Public Policy, Ad Hoc Partnerships, and Ad Hoc Facilities Committees. She also serves as OMWD’s representative to the San Diego County Water Authority and is the Chair of the Water Authority’s Legislative, Conservation, and Outreach Committee.
Ms. Guerin’s tenure at OMWD follows a long tradition of public service; she is a ten-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and former council member and mayor of the City of Encinitas. In her capacity with the city, Ms. Guerin served on the San Dieguito Water District board and also represented the city on the San Diego Association of Governments’ board. Ms. Guerin lives in Encinitas with her husband and is the mother of four children.
OMWD’s directors are elected officials representing each of OMWD’s five divisions, and are selected by voters in the November general election in even-numbered years. Individuals interested in serving on the board are invited to visit the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters for the latest information on how to file as a candidate, including filing deadlines.