Board of Directors

Photo od President Douglas Davert

Douglass S. Davert

President
Term 2021-2024
Photo od Vice President George Murdoch

George A. Murdoch

Vice President
Term 2018-2022
Photo of Director Richard Bell

Richard Bell

Director
Term 2018-2022
Photo of Director John Sears

John Sears

Director
Term 2021-2024
Photo of Director Marilyn Toms

Marilyn T. Thoms

Director
Term May 2022-Dec 2022
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Photo of President Douglass Davert

Douglass S. Davert

President
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. 

CONTACT

Phone: 714-538-5815

ddavert@eocwd.com

 
Photo of Vice President George Murdoch

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. Currently, George serves on the  Region 10 (San Diego & Orange County) Board of Directors as well as Business Development, Water Quality and Membership Committees for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA).  He was born and raised in Orange County California and lives in unincorporated North Tustin. 

CONTACT

Phone: 714-538-5815

gmurdoch@eocwd.com

 
Director Richard Bell

Richard Bell

Director
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.

CONTACT

Phone: 714-538-5815

rbell@eocwd.com

 
Director John Sears in a suit and tie

John Sears

Director
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.

CONTACT

Phone: 714-538-5815

jsears@eocwd.com

 
Director Marilyn Thoms

Marilyn T. Thoms

Director
Term May 2022 - December 2022

Director Thoms is a water industry expert with more than forty years of experience.  She served the County of Orange for 15 years as Manager of the Watershed Management Division of Public Works leading the Environmental Engineering, Watershed Management, Mitigation and Administrative teams prior to her retirement in 2018.

 

During her tenure at the County, she was instrumental in securing more than $100M in federal, state, and local funding for engineering and environmental projects. Director Thoms also led efforts to develop regional watershed management strategies to preserve, protect and enhance coastal resources and surface waters throughout Orange County.

 

Since 2018 she has served as a Principal of Solutions Project Management, LLC, a North Tustin based firm that specializes in planning, developing, financing, and implementing infrastructure, water resource and environmental projects.

 

Marilyn is a third generation North Tustin resident where she still resides with her husband Hal and is committed to giving back to her community through various charitable, educational, and philanthropic works.  She is a past Chairwoman of the Assistance League of Tustin Winifred Campbell Auxiliary, past President and current member of the Orange County Historical Commission where she was appointed by Supervisors Campbell, Spitzer and Wagner. Director Thoms is also the past President and current member of the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association, Secretary of the Tustin Area Historical Society, and member of the Orange Elks and Foothill Communities Association.

CONTACT

Phone: 714-538-5815

mthoms@eocwd.com