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Board of Water and Power Commissioners
Contact
Board Secretary

DWP Board Room
41972 Garstin Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA  92315

(909) 866-5050

Board Meetings
Held the Fourth Tuesday of Each Month
9:00 AM
The DWP is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners (Board) appointed by the City of Big Bear Lake, City Council. DWP serves the City of Big Bear Lake and the unincorporated communities of Fawnskin, Erwin Lake, Lake William, Sugarloaf, Moonridge, and a small RV Park on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.

Regular Board meetings are held at 9:00 AM on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meetings take place at the DWP Board Room located at 41972 Garstin Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Public comments are welcomed and encouraged.

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Members
Kris
Kris Saukel, Commissioner
Happily retired to Big Bear Lake in 2010 with my hardworking husband and two wonderful rescued Golden Retrievers. We are outdoor enthusiasts, hiking, biking, canoeing, playing tennis or lounging in our cozy log home when it snows!

My professional experience includes nearly 20 years multidisciplinary healthcare experience both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. My areas of interest are Organizational Development, leadership, employee/public health promotion, and operational issues and problem solving. Spending my time helping others is clearly a central part of me, so in addition, for the past 18 years I have been working fulltime in a variety of nonprofit volunteer based leadership roles.

My education includes a Master’s and BA degree from CSUSB, focusing in Organizational Psychology and Health Promotion Management. I am also a licensed in California Registered Nurse.

Kristin Saukel was appointed to the DWP Board of Commissioners in 2015. Her current term is set to expire June 30, 2019.

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Bob Tarras, Vice Chair
Bob Tarras has served on the DWP Board of Commissioners since 2007. Bob was reappointed by City Council in 2011 and 2015, serving as Vice-Chair in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2019.

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Don Smith, Chair
Don Smith has served on the DWP Board of Commissioners since 2010. Born in Savannah, Georgia.  A.S. Degree from Crafton Hills College.  B.S. Degree from California State University, Los Angeles.  Retired from Upland Fire Department.  Currently employed part time by the Big Bear Fire Department.  Member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary with Flotilla 11-12 at Big Bear Lake. Don was appointed by City Council in 2013, serving as Chair in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2017.

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Craig Hjorth, Treasurer
Craig Hjorth was appointed to the DWP Board of Commissioners in 2013, serving as Treasurer in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2017.

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Alan Lee, Commissioner
Alan Lee was appointed to the DWP Board of Commissioners in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2019. Commissioner Lee was born in Los Angeles, California. He is an active member of the American Water Works Association. He has received training in Cross-Connection Control from the University of Southern California, Water Treatment training from California State University at Sacramento and Water Distribution training from Mount San Antonio College. Commissioner Lee has an extensive background and experience in the area of municipal water operations, having worked for the City of Burbank, South Gate and Torrance water utilities. Commissioner Lee has completed the Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.