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Mr. Loren Watts

Wrong Loren Watts?


Local Address: Kennewick, Washington, United States
Watts Construction

Employment History

  • President
    The Board
  • Board President

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Brad Wellenbrock alleges his termination ..., 11 July 2012 [cached]
Brad Wellenbrock alleges his termination came after complaining that Loren Watts, owner of Watts Construction while serving on the board for five years through December 2007, had improperly helped himself to KID property, including water, without permission.
The wrongful termination case, which is being retried following a mistrial last September, alleges that Watts, along with former board members William Kinsel, Ryan Pratt, John Pringle, John Jaksch and Doug Grover, conspired to get rid of Wellenbrock.
Wellenbrock's lawsuit alleges Watts, as KID's board president, had his employees draw KID water without permission from an irrigation pond to use on a construction site, and that Watts' crews took excessive amounts of water from KID's irrigation lines serving the Hansen Park subdivision, leaving hundreds of homeowners without adequate water during the summer of 2007.
Fox said Watts, when confronted about taking too much water from Hansen Park's irrigation lines, was extremely upset.
Sheridan questioned Watts about ignored KID policy requiring permission and approved plans before replacing a KID weir box in building a private irrigation system for Antoinette Burnside, whose property did not have KID water rights at the time.
Fox said KID hired an outside engineer to prepare plans, but Watts called them too expensive for his client and ignored them.
Watts testified KID agreed to reimburse $10,139 to Burnside for the cost of installing a water meter at the new weir box.
"It was a pilot program," Watts told Sheridan in explaining the reason for the payment.
Sheridan asked why Watts had no written proof of permission, even to answer a subpoena for the records.
Watts said his company, which he said does $20 million in business annually, doesn't keep records after a job is completed.
Sheridan also discussed a KID internal memo to Vic Johnson, who was interim district manager in 2007 when the alleged misconduct by Watts was occurring.
Sheridan asked Watts.
"We had a discussion," Watts answered.
As for taking water from a KID pond known as LID 124, Watts said his employees forced entry through the locked gate because they needed to resupply their construction trucks. And, he said, Watts Construction built that pond for the land owner and KID had not yet taken ownership of it, Watts said.
"There were no KID signs," he said.
Sheridan also questioned Watts about allegedly borrowing a KID road grader, assuming he could have it for a small job without paying KID a rental charge. Watts subsequently paid KID for the use.
One juror sent a note to Judge Carrie Runge, complaining that Watts had not used the microphone, making it difficult to hear his responses.
Loren WattsMr. ..., 2 Sept 2007 [cached]
Loren WattsMr. Watts has an agricultural background, having been raised locally in a farming family.He is owner of Watts Construction and has served as a member of Board since 2004.He formerly served as Board President and is currently a member of the Realty Committee and Planning Committee.
Current Realty Committee members are Loren Watts and Dr. William Kinsel.
Weinstein Couture PLLC - Displaying items by tag: whistleblower [cached]
Namely, in 2007, the KID board president, Loren Watts, allowed his personal business, Watts Construction, to take unwarranted amounts of KID water meant to serve a park, to siphon water off to a property that did not have KID water rights, and to commit other egregious violations.
The jury decided to award Wellenbrock ..., 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
The jury decided to award Wellenbrock $750,000 after a two-week trial that emphasized how former KID board member Loren Watts allegedly used his position to benefit his business, Watts Construction.
Wellenbrock had complained to his boss that Watts took KID water for his company's water trucks during summer 2007, as well as rip out a KID weir box so his business could build a private irrigation system.
Septic Installer list, 16 Oct 2006 [cached]
Loren Watts 4828 Southridge Blvd. Kennewick WA 99338 509-735-7969
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