Water District Director Karl Wandry passes, Board to appoint his replacement

Karl WandryRepresented part of Antioch

The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) lost a Board member who brought strong experience and a passion for water issues. Vice President Karl Wandry passed away early Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the age of 76.

Mr. Wandry was appointed to CCWD’s Board of Directors in 2003, to fill the vacant seat due to the death of Dr. Noble Elcenko, and was most recently re-elected in 2012. He has represented the east county communities of Oakley, Brentwood, and Antioch for more than a decade. He supported numerous projects and programs completed in his tenure, including the expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir, always keeping a keen eye on environmental impacts and fiscal implications for CCWD ratepayers.

Along with Mr. Wandry’s family and friends, CCWD’s Board and staff are deeply saddened by his passing and he will be missed. A private service will be held.

At their November 5 Regular Meeting the Board of Directors voted to for fill the vacant Board seat by appointment, as provided by state law.

Applications for the appointment are available on the CCWD website here, or at the CCWD offices, at 331 Concord Avenue, Concord, and are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 21. To be eligible, an applicant must live within the boundaries of Division 5, which includes a large portion of Antioch (see map, here), and be a registered voter. The Board is scheduled to vote to fill the position at their meeting on December 17. The schedule for the appointment can be viewed by clicking here: CCWD Apptmt Schedule

According to his biography on the CCWD website, Wandry was appointed to the Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors on February 5, 2003, representing parts of Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, and the Los Vaqueros Reservoir watershed. He was elected without opposition in 2004 and 2008. He was elected Vice-President in 2008. Mr. Wandry was a planning consultant with extensive experience in city and regional planning and community development throughout the region. He served as Contra Costa County’s Chief of Land Development and Zoning Administrator; Deputy Director, Community Development Department; and Advance Planner in the County Planning Department. In addition, he served as the Community Development Director for the City of Rio Vista and Supervising Planner for the City of Antioch. As a graduate of Antioch High School, he was a long-time resident of eastern Contra Costa County. Mr. Wandry graduated with honors from Diablo Valley College in 1966, and Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Hayward in 1968. He went on to study for a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He was a past director of the Contra Costa Child Care Council, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, Mt. Diablo Council, and Rio Vista Care. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.

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