Charles D. Field was voted to the Western Municipal Water District board in November 2006 and was seated in January 2007. Mr. Field, who is a retired judge of the Riverside County Superior Court, represents Division 1 - Division 1 includes a portion of the city of Riverside located south of the Santa Ana River and north of the 91 Freeway to the San Bernardino County line.
Mr. Field represents Western on the special committee with the city of Riverside and is the representative for Western with the Chino Desalter Authority and on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board. Mr. Field, who was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Stanford and Los Angeles regions of California as well as in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside in 1958, and a law degree from UCLA in 1963.
From 1963 to 1990, Mr. Field practiced law with the Riverside firm, Best, Best & Krieger. He was a senior partner in the labor and employment section and served a full term as managing partner of the firm. Judge Field was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court in January 1990 by then Governor Deukmejian. He was first assigned to the Juvenile Court, then moved to the Civil Division where he served until his retirement in August 2004.
Mr. Field was involved in a variety of organizations during his 40-plus year career including service on the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Board of Regents of the University of California. He was founding chair of the UCR Foundation and is past president of the Citizens University Committee. As an attorney, Mr. Field was a member of the Commission on Specialization in Labor Law of the California State Bar and was one of the founding members of the California Council of School Attorneys. He was a member of the Board of the Public Service Law Corp. of Riverside County and continues to serve as a board member of the Riverside County Law Library. Mr. Field served for more than 10 years on the board of directors of the Riverside Arts Foundation, where he was chair for two years, and has also served for many years on the Riverside Arts Council. For approximately 15 years, he was a member of the board of directors of The Press-Enterprise Company.
Mr. Field is married to Virginia L. Field, a retired UCR administrator, and they share five children and 15 grandchildren. He remains active as a private mediator and in University of California activities and serves on the board of several community organizations.