Governing Board

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.

Board Meetings

For a schedule of our board meetings and staff reports,
please visit our board meeting page.

Directors

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:

Lawrence A. Watt, President

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 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.

Christy Guerin, Vice President

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 Ad Hoc Personnel, Ad Hoc Partnerships, Ad Hoc Public Policy, 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.

Edmund K. Sprague, Treasurer

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 Ad Hoc Outreach, Ad Hoc Public Policy, Ad Hoc Finance, 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.

Gerald E. Varty, Secretary

Term of Office: 2014-2018

Mr.Varty has represented Division 4 since his appointment to the board in 2009. Mr. Varty has spent the last two decades developing a great familiarity with OMWD, regional water issues, and environmental concerns that further impact the need to pursue diversification of water supply.

He currently serves on OMWD’s Ad Hoc Finance, Ad Hoc Conservation, Ad Hoc Personnel, and Ad Hoc Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Strategic Planning Committees. Mr. Varty holds a bachelor’s degree in management from San Diego State University. He has previously served as a manager with Eastman Kodak and as Director of Service for local firm Retail Inkjet Solutions. Mr. Varty and his family have resided in Olivenhain since 1987.

Robert F. Topolovac, Director

Term of Office: 2014-2018

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.

Elections

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.