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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Western Municipal Water District appoints new Director to Division 1 seat

Swearing in of Director Steve Adams

The Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, announced the appointment of Steve Adams to the Division 1 seat. Adams was subsequently sworn in and took his seat on the dais.

The appointment comes after the seat was left vacant by the passing of former Director Robert Stockton on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Division 1 includes a portion of the City of Riverside located north of Highway 91 and extending to the San Bernardino County line (see map).

After interviewing four qualifying candidates, Western’s Board of Directors noted that they were impressed with the caliber and number of candidates expressing interest in the vacant seat. The Board’s appointment was ultimately based on Mr. Adams’ experience, long history of public service, commitment to the community, and his ability to build rapport with constituents.

Director Steve Adams is a long-time resident of the City of Riverside, living within the Division 1 boundaries for more than 50 years. An active community member, Adams previously served on the Riverside City Council for 15 years. Director Adams is a retiree of the Riverside Police Department, where he served for 15 years.  

The Division 1 Director’s seat will be placed on the ballot for the November 3, 2020, general election. The newly appointed Director will hold the office until the general election results are certified.

To support a public and transparent appointment process and ensure the public was informed about the opportunity to apply and/or provide comment, the vacancy was announced through legally required public notices, and supported by a newspaper ad, targeted digital media outreach, customer emails, and engagement within various online community groups. 

Learn more about Western’s Board of Directors by visiting, To view the meeting broadcast, visit Western’s livestream channel


Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527-square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more:

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