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David V. Modeer, General Manager of Central Arizona Project (CAP), Arizona's largest resource for renewable water supplies from the Colorado River, has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2015.
Mr. Modeer was selected by CAP's Board of Directors to serve as General Manager in January, 2009. In that capacity, he has been responsible for the daily operations and management of CAP and its more than 450 employees. Mr. Modeer has been working as an executive in the water industry since 1972. Prior to his tenure at CAP, Mr. Modeer served in leadership positions at American Water, Inc., Tucson Water and the City of Phoenix.
"I have enjoyed an unbelievably satisfying career. From the very first day through the progression of my career, from St. Joseph, Missouri to Cairo, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois to San Diego, California to Hershey, Pennsylvania, to Tucson and finally here in Phoenix, I grew and learned so much. I will always be indebted to my friends and colleagues for providing me with a wide range of experiences across this country," said Mr. Modeer.
On behalf of the fifteen members of the CAP Board of Directors, Lisa Atkins, President of the CAP Board, thanked Mr. Modeer for his service to CAP employees, customers, stakeholders and our partners in the water industry. "David is an articulate, engaged and well respected leader in the water industry, and particularly so at CAP, during some very challenging years. During his tenure as a member of the Board representing Pima County, David was an important voice in the development of critical public policy issues facing CAP. Among his many accomplishments during David’s tenure as CAP General Manager, he has led a collaborative CAP team with our partners that succeeded in negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency over the future of CAP's largest power source, the Navajo Generating Station. Now, we're in an era of drought and shortage on the Colorado River. David has led the organization to take proactive measures along with the State of Arizona, the federal government and six other western states sharing the Colorado to address declining reservoir levels and protect the health of the river system. We will miss his vision and leadership, and wish him and his wife Connie well as they start a new chapter in their retirement."
Board President Atkins said that the Board will identify an interim General Manager in the near future and a national search for Mr. Modeer's successor will begin soon.