Larry R. Dozier, who has served as Deputy General Manager for the Central Arizona Project since September 1995, will retire on April 8, CAP General Manager David Modeer announced at the end of the March 3 CAP Board of Directors meeting.

Dozier began his career with the Central Arizona Project as the Assistant General Manager for Operations in June 1985. His last day as an employee will be April 8 when he will be attending the CAP Board meeting in Casa Grande.

"It will certainly be a loss to us at CAP and to our constituents," said CAP General Manager David Modeer.

Modeer added that all seven states that use Colorado River also will note the loss because Dozier has been involved with CAP and Colorado River issues for decades.

Dozier's responsibilities at CAP have included specific oversight for three major areas: operations, engineering, and planning. Those responsibilities also encompassed Colorado River issues, water banking through underground storage, and power resources.

Dozier's career in water resources as an engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation in 1969 in Great Falls, Montana.  He worked 16 years for Reclamation in various locations throughout the West and Washington, D.C.  His final assignment for Reclamation was in Boulder City, Nevada where he was Operations Manager for the Colorado River and worked closely with many Arizona interests to develop the operation and maintenance plan for the Central Arizona Project, the Central Arizona Project water allocations, and the Central Arizona Project water delivery contracts.

Dozier earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1969.  He and his wife, Marti, were married in 1970.  They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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CAP is the steward of central Arizona's Colorado River water entitlement and a collaborative leader in Arizona's water community. The 336-mile-long CAP system brings about 1.6 million acre-feet of renewable Colorado River water to its customers -- cities, businesses, agriculture and Indian communities -- in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. An acre-foot of water is about 326,000 gallons.