Board of Directors


Douglass S. Davert

Term 2021-2024

Doug Davert has served the community in many capacities, as a member of the Tustin City Council (2002-2010) and as Mayor (2006 & 2009), as well as Tustin’s representative to the Orange County Sanitation District (served as Chairman from 2008-2010) and at the Orange County Fire Authority (served as Chair in 2009).  He has also served on the Orange County Vector Control Board, the Orange County Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee, the successor agency oversight board for Tustin’s and Orange’s Redevelopment Agencies and the Southern California Association of Governments.  He represents Orange County’s Special Districts as a Commisioner of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and also serves as Chairman of the Orange County Fire Authority Foundation. 


George A. Murdoch

Vice President
Term 2018-2022

George A. Murdoch retired after 38 years from the City of Newport Beach where he served as the Municipal Operations Director overseeing the city’s operations of water, sewer, storm drains, streetlights and oil wells. In 2018, he was presented with the Randy Scheerer Lifetime Service Award for 37 years of dedicated and selfless public service. George possesses the highest level of water distribution certification from the State Water Resources Control Board as well as being state certified in water treatment. He also possesses water distribution certification from the American Water Works Association. Currently, George serves on the state-wide Board of Directors for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Board Director of Region 10 (San Diego & Orange County) and Chair of the Membership Committee for ACWA. He was born and raised in Orange County California and lives in unincorporated North Tustin with his wife and daughter. 


Richard Bell

Term 2018-2022

Richard Bell retired after serving as the Principal Engineer for the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) for 12 years.  Bell has served as a consulting engineer to MWDOC and its member agencies for an additional 23 years.  Prior to his service at MWDOC, Bell was the Planning and Resources Manager at Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) for six years.  Bell began his career at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as a Field Engineer, Water Demand Analyst, Hydraulic Analyst, Water Systems Master Planner and Source Water Quality Control Investigator from 1964 - 1972.  He has his B.S. from UCLA '66 and MSCE from USC '70.  Bell lives in unincorporated North Tustin.


John L. Sears

Term 2021-2024

John's career was in the food business, an executive with Safeway Stores, Inc., now retired after 35 years. He is a community leader/activist, five year Director of a Brain Tumor Foundation, a twelve year board member and past President of Hillcrest Bay, Inc. HOA. He chaired the UCSA, an Under Ground Utility Conversion Project and participated setting up an Underground Utility District. On behalf of the project, he appeared before the Arizona Corporation Commission four times.  John is a board member of the Foothill Communities Association, being concerned about water rates, has appeared before the CPUC on behalf of ratepayers.  John is active as a tennis player, belonging over time to three local tennis clubs, an art collector, enjoys boating at Lake Havasu, and an investor, owner and manager of real property.