John has been Director of Water Reclamation for the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department since January of 2008. As Director, John oversees the operation and maintenance of the City's 33 million gallons per day (MGD) Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) and the 40 MGD Rapid Infiltration/Extraction (RIX) Facility that treats the City of Colton's and the WRP's secondary effluent to tertiary standards. John is responsible for maintaining compliance with all required State and Federal regulations, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. John has been involved in the operation, maintenance, and management of wastewater agencies and facilities since 1988.
John entered the U.S. Navy immediately after high school and served six years as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician. After completing approximately one year of technical schools, he served aboard a Spruance Class destroyer stationed in San Diego.
He began his career in the wastewater field at the Yucaipa Valley Water District, where he worked as a Laboratory Technician and then as a Treatment Plant Operator. After working for the district for six years, he joined the City of Riverside in 1994, where over the span of nearly ten years, he held the positions of Wastewater Process Control Supervisor, Wastewater Operations Manager, and Wastewater Systems Manager.
Prior to his employment with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, John worked in the engineering consulting industry with the firm of Carollo Engineers for three years. He was responsible for the development of plant operations manuals, performing process troubleshooting and process start-ups, and conducting operator training in the wastewater industry.
John attended the University of Redlands, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management. He holds a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation and the California Water Environment Association.