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WVWD Bids Farewell to Visionary General Manager

February 19, 2024

Best Wishes to Mr. Erik Hitchman, P.E. In His Retirement

Walnut Valley Water District prepares to bid farewell to Erik Hitchman, P.E., a visionary leader and dedicated professional in the field of water management, as he retires from his role as General Manager/Chief Engineer. Erik’s retirement marks the conclusion of a distinguished three-decade career marked by remarkable contributions to the water industry and a legacy of unwavering commitment. His last day with WVWD is on February 29, 2024.

Mr. Hitchman joined Walnut Valley Water District in 1998, assuming various roles including District Engineer, Director of Engineering and Planning, and Assistant General Manager/Chief Engineer. Armed with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cal State University, Long Beach, Erik brought a wealth of knowledge and a passion for developing sustainable water solutions. His extensive experience also includes roles at Three Valleys Municipal Water District (1996-1998) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (1989-1996).

Throughout his tenure, Erik emerged as a driving force behind the district’s transformative infrastructure projects. His foresight and innovative approach significantly enhanced the water resiliency profile in the regional area. Erik’s leadership extended beyond engineering, as he forged strategic partnerships to strengthen water supply reliability. His collaborative efforts created a network of alliances that bolstered the district’s ability to navigate the complex challenges of water management.

Mr. Hitchman’s impact transcended the technical realm; he demonstrated exceptional leadership during times of adversity. Under his guidance, the district’s team faced and triumphed over trials and tribulations, including the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Erik’s commitment to the safety and well-being of his team ensured that the essential services provided by Walnut Valley Water District remained steadfast even in the face of uncertainty.

As he steps into retirement, Erik leaves behind a legacy of excellence and resilience. His influence has not only shaped Walnut Valley Water District but has also had a lasting impact on the broader water industry. Erik’s dedication, strategic vision, and ability to navigate challenges have set a standard for leadership that will be remembered and celebrated for years to come.

Walnut Valley Water District expresses its deepest gratitude to Erik Hitchman for his outstanding contributions and wishes him a well-deserved and fulfilling retirement.