RIVERSIDE, CA, December 21, 2018 – It was not your typical board meeting at Western Municipal Water District (Western) on December 19th when Western installed three of its board members to their five-member board of directors. The room was filled with excitement and a standing-room-only crowd of distinguished guests to welcome newly-elected Division 2 board member, Gracie Torres, and to celebrate the re-elections of Brenda Dennstedt, Division 3, to a fourth term, and Bob Stockton, Division 1, to a second term.
Gracie Torres, who just six years earlier received Western’s Lois B. Krieger Endowed Scholarship as a student at the California State University San Bernardino, was sworn in, with her children at her side, by State Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes of District 47.
Brenda Dennstedt was sworn in by State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of District 67 with her daughter at her side. Brenda Dennstedt began her first term on the Western board in January 2007 and served as Board President in 2018.
Bob Stockton was sworn in privately in advance of the board meeting. Bob Stockton joined Western’s board in December 2014. Director Stockton will assume the office of Board President in 2019.
“I don’t think we have ever had so many cameras going off at the same time to capture a special celebration such as this at our board meetings. The room was filled with awe and excitement.” said Craig Miller, general manager for Western. “Witnessing the humble and heart-felt acceptance speech of Gracie Torres, and experiencing the dedication and respect of our returning board members, we are truly excited for what the future will bring to Western.”
Western Municipal Water District provides water supply, wastewater disposal and water resource management to the public in a safe, reliable, environmentally sensitive and financially responsible manner.