Posted on: October 13, 2017

Inland Empire Top Workplace Takes Home Highest Honors in Government Information Technology


Riverside, Calif. –Western Municipal Water District (Western), one of the Inland Empire’s Top Workplaces, was honored by the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC), receiving the prestigious Excellence in IT Practices Award and the President’s Award.

“Western’s IT Department is a very lean and high performing team, and we are pleased that they were recognized for their hard work and high-level of commitment to outstanding governance, operational practices and contributions in the field of information technology,” said Western’s General Manager John Rossi. “Setting the bar in IT as only a handful of public-sector entities to receive this award is one of the many reasons why Western is an IE Top Workplace.”

MISAC’s Excellence in IT Practices Award recognizes outstanding governance and operation practices. The application process is rigorous, requiring a detailed questionnaire that examines the practices across 10 different subject areas. This year, out of over 300 cities and special districts in MISAC, less than 20 organizations received this high honor statewide.

This marks the sixth time since 2008 that Western’s IT Department has received this award.

In addition, Western’s Director of Administration Greg Duecker took home MISAC’s distinguished President’s Award for his more than 15 years of involvement and leadership in MISAC and his successful career in Information Technology.

Duecker is an award-winning public sector leader with more than 30 years of experience implementing strategic information systems, projects, initiatives and programs. In his current role at Western, he oversees the District’s IT, Communications and Administration departments. Highlights of his professional success include Western’s strategic IT master planning; social media and website oversight; policy and procedure development; and a commitment to mentorship and leadership at the District.

“I have a passion for helping others and working in the public sector, and when I come to work the highest priority is providing benefit for not only Western’s customers but also our internal team,” said Duecker. “I am so honored to accept this award from MISAC, an organization which has truly helped me advance my leadership skills in the profession.”

The President’s Award recognizes an individual or organization that has shown an outstanding contribution to MISAC or the information technology field.

MISAC was founded in 1980 and strives to promote leadership, education and access to resources for public sector technology professionals in order to enhance local government services and effectiveness, member resources, relationships and advocacy.

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