Dublin San Ramon Services District has hired Jeff Carson as its new operations manager. For the last four years, Carson was operations and maintenance manager for the City of Hayward’s water pollution control facility, which is similar in scale to DSRSD’s regional wastewater treatment facility. As DSRSD’s senior executive responsible for wastewater, drinking water, and recycled water operations, Carson will oversee a $14.3 million annual budget and 62 employees.
While with Hayward, Carson helped launch renewable energy and water recycling projects that brought state and national recognition to the city, including a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Leadership Award in 2015. The same year the facility was named Plant of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association, the state’s leading training and certification organization for the wastewater industry. In June, CWEA named Carson one of “California’s Emerging Leaders in the Water Environment.”
“Jeff is a strong leader who continually improves operations through systematic training and sustaining a culture of teamwork,” says Dan McIntyre, DSRSD general manager. “His experience in Hayward deploying state-of-the art technologies to recover energy and water from wastewater fit well with the District’s strategic goals.”
Carson has 19 years of wastewater industry experience in the Bay Area. Before Hayward, he was with the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin for four years, serving as interim general manager and chief operator. He also worked at Oro Loma Sanitary District for 11 years.
Carson holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and environmental studies from California State University East Bay and professional certifications in wastewater treatment, laboratory analysis, environmental compliance, and water distribution. In 2015 he was appointed to a nine-member committee that advises the State Water Resources Control Board on wastewater operator certification.
DSRSD’s former operations manager, Dan Gallagher, retired in May. A nationwide recruitment for the position attracted 25 applicants from across the country.