Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District Announces New General Manager

Posted on August 23, 2017

Dear KMPUD staff and members of the Kirkwood community,

The Board of Directors of the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District (KMPUD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik M. Christeson, P.E. as the District’s next General Manager. Mr. Christeson’s first day will be September 18th. Bob Epstein, Board President stated, “The Board is very pleased that Erik has accepted the position of General Manager. We want to thank Michael Sharp for over 21 years of exceptional dedicated service to KMPUD and wish him the best in his retirement. “

Mr. Christeson was selected from a strong pool of more than 40 candidates and vetted through a vigorous recruitment process that included extensive background/reference checking and three levels of personal interviews that also incorporated a panel of community members. Mr. Christeson leaves the Amador Water Agency where he has served admirably since 2003 and is currently the Engineering Supervisor and former interim Manager of Engineering and Planning. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego and is a California licensed Professional Engineer. Prior to joining Amador Water, Mr. Christeson spent nine years in the private sector with Boyle Engineering where he served as a construction/project manager for several multi-million-dollar public sector projects that included water, wastewater, flood control and transportation.

During his tenure at Amador Water, some of Mr. Christeson’s accomplishments include serving as the Project/Construction Manager for the $14 million Central Amador Water Project Gravity Supply Line to construct a 6-mile pipeline to reduce electrical dependence and expenditures, and the $3 million project to construct a 160 kW, in-conduit hydroelectric station at the Agency’s Tanner Water Treatment Plant. During his career, Mr. Christeson has worked extensively with regulators, state and local government agencies and the community he served. Mr. Christeson also served as Planning Commissioner and on the Tri-County Technical Advisory Committee for Amador County from 2004-2006.

Mr. Christeson noted of his appointment, “I’m excited and grateful to the Board of Directors for providing me with the opportunity to lead KMPUD, which plays such a critical role in the Kirkwood community. I’m looking forward to serving the residents and working with the team of committed, talented, and hard-working employees.”

Mr. Christeson, his wife and three children, have spent extensive time in Kirkwood over the last 14 years. His children participated in the Kirkwood JETS program and, as avid skiers, look forward to spending even more time in Kirkwood in the years to come.