CHICO — There are temporary changes in leadership for Chico’s California Water Service district as of Friday.
Tavis Beynon will be the interim district manager while previous District Manager George Barber is serving as interim director of Field Operations for the utility’s Northern California region.
Barber will continue to oversee the Chico district in addition to eight other districts in Northern California. Director of Field Operations Mike Jones continues to manage the utility’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Beynon started his career at the utility in July 2002 in Chico, and has more than 17 years of water utility experience. He has held numerous positions for the utility in the Chico and Willows districts, including as a maintenance worker, foreman, inspector and superintendent. Beynon holds Water Treatment Grade Two and Water Distribution Grade Four certifications from the State Water Resources Control Board.
“Tavis is intimately familiar with our Chico district and is an exceptional operator, who will serve our community well,” Barber said in a news release. “I am confident the Chico district will thrive with Tavis at the reigns and that our customers will continue to receive the quality, service and value they have come to expect with Cal Water.”
Cal Water serves approximately 107,500 people through 30,500 service connections in Chico and Hamilton City. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1926.