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Rosemary Menard

Water Director

City of Santa Cruz

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City of Santa Cruz

809 Center Street Room 102

Santa Cruz, California,95060

United States

Company Description

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Background Information

Employment History

Dept. Of Water Resources

Water Resoures Department Director

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

Various Senior Leadership Postions

City of Portland Water Bureau


Management Partners Inc.

Special Advisor




bachelor's degree


University of Washington

long-term Water Conservation Master Plan


master's degree

public administration

same institution

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Rosemary Menard

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The council OK'd Water Director Rosemary Menard's request to hire 15 temporary, full-time workers to beef up customer service, public outreach, monitoring and appeals of fines for overuse.
Menard anticipates asking for an additional $330,000 from July to the end of October - which marks the start of the next rainy season - for a total six-month budget of $1 million. The money will come from general ratepayer funds, some of which were set aside for administrative projects and studies. Menard recommended using $350,000 in a separate account designated for the now-stalled desalination project to hire a Colorado-based consulting firm to perform technical studies for the Water Supply Advisory Committee appointed by the council to make recommendations for managing drinking water sources and possibly generating new ones. Menard said she chose Stratus Consulting because the firm had been selected for an economic study last year that was never undertaken.

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Director Rosemary Menard called online meters a "high priority" during May's budget hearings.
"I'm probably getting three or four emails a day from people who think we could be doing that today. Actually, I wish that we could, because in these circumstances, it would be really wonderful for people to have access to that information," Menard said.

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Goddard and city Water Director Rosemary Menard went before the council to ask that the city extend its seven-month water rationing program on a month-to-month basis, even as the season turns to dark days and potentially increased rainfall.

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Rosemary Menard has her work cut out for her as she steps into the role of water director for the City of Santa Cruz.
Menard fills the vacancy left by Bill Kocher, a vocal proponent of desalination who had served as the city's water director since 1986. Menard comes to the city in the wake of contentious discussion over desalination as well as what meteorologists have declared to be the driest January in California on record. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state, and municipalities throughout California face looming water shortages. Menard sat down with Good Times on a recent Monday afternoon in her still-being-unpacked office on Locust Street, just a week after she arrived in her new position. Coincidentally, it was just a day after the area saw some much-needed rain, though the 0.4 inches that fell then didn't make much of an impact on our significant watershed depletion, Menard says. "We need about a foot of rain in order to get the watershed saturated," she explains, pushing a strand of shoulder-length hair from her face. A week after Menard started the job, the city's Water Commission voted to recommend increasing a Stage 1 Water Alert to a Stage 3 Water Alert. Should the city council vote for the increase at its Feb. 11 meeting, which takes place after this issue goes to press, customer water limits will be implemented and financial penalties will be meted out for exceeding them. The change would increase conservation from a voluntary 5 percent to a mandatory 25 percent. The city lists a number of ways residents can conserve on its website, cityofsantacruz.com. As water director, Menard will oversee a department that serves 90,000 customers in the Santa Cruz and Live Oak areas, during a time when the city has ramped up efforts to include residents in water supply discussions. That includes the pending formation of a citizens' water supply advisory committee, among other outreach procedures. The drought will be a major priority in the weeks and months to come. "We need to ensure we are managing our resources effectively," Menard says. "I've been around enough and seen enough to know that having a fresh set of eyes is often an asset, but I've been very impressed by the quality of and the knowledge of the staff here." City officials announced Menard's hiring on Jan. 16. "We are very pleased to have Ms. Menard come aboard at a critical point in our water supply discussions," City Manager Martin Bernal said in a press release. Though new to Santa Cruz, Menard is no stranger to the greater San Francisco Bay Area, having grown up in San Leandro. Her parents still live there, in the house she grew up in. She is now adjusting to Santa Cruz after a stint in Reno, living in a furnished vacation rental in Seabright as she gets her bearings. Most recently she served as director of community services and water resources for Washoe County in Nevada. Prior to that, she held similar positions in Seattle and Portland. She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Washington and, years later, earned a master's degree in public administration from the same institution. Her move from biology to public policy is largely attributed to an internship she did with a Seattle city councilmember's office. As part of that position, she had to evaluate the budget for the Seattle water department and got to know many people within that division. That led to a position as the water conservation manager for the City of Seattle. "From there, I've had a lot of opportunities to grow as a manager and develop my skills," as well as provide municipalities with leadership and her expertise in problem solving, she says. Though the new gig brings numerous challenges, Menard says that is a big part of the appeal for her. "Here is a really great opportunity to really use those skills," she says. Menard says education on water conservation and maintaining an informed populace will be key focal points of her work. "Figuring out how to become partners with the community is one of the challenges we have to address," says Menard. "That's one of the things I'd really like to work on-I would expect to have a lot of interaction with the water supply committee-though I don't know entirely what it's going to look like [yet]." Having been in the position as water director for a short time, Menard says she is still in the assessment process. "It's extremely important to be data-driven and not jump to conclusions," she says, adding that she imagines the next couple of months to be something of a learning and listening tour. She emphasizes that a major part of the messaging will be that everyone needs to do their part to conserve water. She and department staff will be working with the current framework for water shortage planning and finding ways to adapt it to the current conditions. That will likely involve looking at ways to incentivize and encourage conservation, while also looking at possibilities of penalization. "Everyone needs to be looking at whatever they can do," she says. "I'm looking forward to getting to know the community and working really collaboratively to address the issues we have," Menard says.

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