Board of Directors and management team
The Las Vegas Valley Water District is governed by a Board of Directors composed of Clark County Commissioners. An Executive Team oversees the daily operations.
Board of Directors
The Las Vegas Valley Water District's Board of Directors is responsible for governing the district's activities and appointing the general manager.
Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick joined the County Commission in August 2015 when she was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to fill a vacancy on the commission. At the time, Commissioner Kirkpatrick was serving in the capacity of Assemblywoman for Nevada's Legislative District 1. She was first elected to the Nevada Legislature in 2004 and served five regular and seven special sessions in Carson City before the appointment. In 2013, she was elected Speaker of the Assembly and prior in 2011, she was the only member of the Assembly to chair two committees: Government Affairs and Taxation. She is now serving a four-year term on the Commission after being elected as Commissioner of District B in 2016.
Commissioner Kirkpatrick, who is a native Nevadan, grew up in Clark County. She graduated from Western High School and attended Krolack Business School and the Community College of Southern Nevada. Commissioner Kirkpatrick is married to her husband, Michael, and together they have six children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
For more information about Commissioner Kirkpatrick, visit the Clark County website.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak is a successful businessman, long-time public servant and active member of the community. He joined the Clark County Commission in January 2009. He spent 10 years as a member of the Nevada Board of Regents, which governs the Nevada System of Higher Education. The Board of Regents provides oversight for eight academic institutions attended by more than 105,000 students in Northern and Southern Nevada.
Sisolak earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1974. He received his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Among his leadership roles, Sisolak has served on numerous local and regional boards, including the Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs, Big Bend Water District, Clark County Water Reclamation District and the Clark County School District Oversight Panel.
For more information about Commissioner Sisolak, visit the Clark County website.
Susan Brager is a long-time resident of Las Vegas. Dedicated to education, she has worked to improve education as a parent volunteer, school employee and as a school trustee in addition to serving three terms on the Clark County School Board as President, Vice President and Clerk.
A realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Realtors, she previously worked for the school district in numerous capacities: elementary school clerk, media clerk, physical education aide, special education aide and classroom aide.
Brager and husband, Ron Wellman have three children. She attended elementary and middle school in Clark County and her children attended local public schools and graduated from Clark High School.
For more information about Commissioner Brager, visit the Clark County website.
Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown has represented the county's northwest area since 1997 as a member of the Las Vegas City Council and now as a member of the County Commission. He was sworn in as commissioner in January 2009.
He has served on numerous boards, committees and organizations including the the Clark County Regional Flood Control Commission and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Brown attended Harvard University where he earned a bachelor's degree in government. In 1999, he was inducted into the Harvard Athletic Hall of Fame for his collegiate career in football and baseball. Brown was once a professional baseball player, playing his final years with the Las Vegas Stars.
Brown is married to Celeste, and they have three children. He is involved in youth sports, is a strong advocate for parks and open spaces and is passionate about preserving the quality of life in Clark County.
For more information about Commissioner Brown, visit the Clark County website.
James Gibson is a native Nevadan who served as Mayor of the City of Henderson for three consecutive terms beginning in 1997 and has been a practicing attorney in business and commercial law for more than 35 years.
During his tenure, Henderson became one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Gibson has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Development Authority, Las Vegas Events, and the Regional Transportation Commission, while mayor.
Gibson attended Brigham Young University where he earned his undergraduate degree and received his law degree from the California Western School of Law.
For more information about Commissioner Gibson, visit the Clark County website.
Clark County Commissioner Giunchigliani is a long-time resident of Las Vegas. She has served on numerous boards, committees and organizations. She was sworn in as commissioner in January 2007.
Giunchigliani earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Avila College in Kansas City, Mo. and later attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a master's degree in education with a special emphasis on the emotionally disturbed.
A special education teacher, Giunchigliani also has worked as a special education facilitator and mentor to new teachers with the Clark County School District.
She served as president of the Clark County Education Association (1983 to 1987) and as president of the Nevada State Education Association (1987-1991). Giunchigliani also served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1990 until 2006.
For more information about Commissioner Giunchigliani, visit the Clark County website.
Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is a long-time resident of Las Vegas and an active community volunteer. He grew up in West Las Vegas, the youngest of four children.
After graduating from Western High School, he attended Grambling State University in Louisiana, earning a bachelor's degree in communication. He returned to Las Vegas, pursuing careers in radio broadcasting and elementary education.
In 1995, Weekly joined the Neighborhood Services Department at the City of Las Vegas as a management analyst. There, he was responsible for neighborhood outreach efforts and large community cleanups.
He served as community liaison for City Councilman Gary Reese in 1998 and until December 1999, when Weekly was appointed as a councilman to one of two newly-created wards. He served on the council until the Nevada governor appointed him to the Clark County Commission in 2007.
For more information about Commissioner Weekly, visit the Clark County website.
The Water District Board of Directors meets the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Clark County Commission Chambers located at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. The meetings are open to the public and notices are posted publicly before each meeting.
In accordance with the Nevada Open Meeting Law, agendas for regular meetings are available at least three days before each meeting.
Members of the public are welcome to speak about matters on the agenda at the beginning of the meeting. The public may address issues that are not on the agenda, once all matters listed on the official agenda have been discussed. The board cannot, however, take action on items not listed on the official agenda.
Original agenda items, along with any attachments, are on file in the General Manager's office at the Water District, 1001 S. Valley View Blvd.Meeting agendas and minutes
The Water District's Executive Team oversees the district's day-to-day operations.
John J. Entsminger oversees the operations of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, which serves more than 375,000 customer accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which is responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve 2 million residents and more than 40 million annual visitors. He was appointed general manager by both agencies' Boards of Directors in early 2014, having previously served as director of environmental and water resource law and senior deputy general manager. Entsminger joined the organization in 1999 as an attorney.
Entsminger has spent his career addressing the unique water challenges facing Southern Nevada. He has been instrumental in developing inter basin and international agreements protecting Lake Mead water elevations, including the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines and Minute 319 to the 1944 U.S. - Mexico Water Treaty. In April 2014, he was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve as Nevada's lead negotiator on Colorado River matters.
On the national front, Entsminger serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the Water Research Foundation, and the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board of Trustees.
Committed to public involvement, Entsminger works closely with a committee of community stakeholders tasked with making recommendations on issues related to funding, planning and facilities construction and maintenance. These recommendations will guide future organizational initiatives, including a renewed commitment to maintaining its vast water systems.
Entsminger is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and of the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was awarded the Charles N. Woodruff Natural Resources Law Fellowship. He and his family have been in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years.
Julie A. Wilcox is the deputy general manager of administration for both the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). She also is the chief lobbyist for both agencies, leading a team in Carson City during each legislative session.
Employed in state and local government service since 1984, Wilcox previously served as the executive director of the Springs Preserve and director of Public Services for the SNWA and LVVWD. She has worked in areas as diverse as housing finance, economic development and film production and promotion.
Before starting government service, Wilcox worked in the private sector as a retail buyer and manager.
A Southern Nevada resident for more than 30 years, Wilcox is a Clark High School alumna and graduated from UNLV in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Two years later, she went on to earn a master's degree in the same field.
Julie currently is a member of the Western Urban Water Coalition, the Colorado River Water Users Association, Leadership Las Vegas, Public Relations Society of America and other water-related professional organizations.
David L. Johnson is the deputy general manager of engineering and operations for the Water District (LVVWD) and Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Johnson has been with the agency since 2004, serving as director of the Water Quality & Treatment department for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. He has more than 20 years of experience in chemical manufacturing management, water treatment and water quality management. Before arriving in Nevada, he worked in New York state and has held the positions of technical engineer, production manager, treatment manager and director.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and maintains Level 4 Water Treatment and Level 4 Distribution certifications from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
Johnson is a member of the American Water Works Association, the International Ozone Association and the Nevada Water & Wastewater Operator's Forum.
He and his wife, Lisa, have lived in southern Nevada since 1998 and have four children.
E. Kevin Bethel is the chief financial officer for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority.
As the chief financial officer, Bethel is responsible for all financial functions, including debt management, capital planning, financial reporting, budgeting as well as water rates and charges for both agencies, which collectively serve more than 2 million residents and 40 million annual visitors in Southern Nevada.
Bethel has served in a financial leadership capacity in the utility industry, both regulated and non-regulated, for nearly 30 years. Before joining the Water District and Water Authority in 2018, Bethel was the senior vice president and chief financial officer at NV Energy from 2013 until 2018. Bethel joined NV Energy in 2007 as vice president and chief accounting officer.
Before moving to Nevada, Bethel served as assistant controller for American Electric Power, Inc. in Ohio. Prior experience includes key accounting management positions with The Williams Company, Central & South West Services, and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
Bethel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University, and he holds his certified public accounting certificate from Oklahoma. Since 2008, Bethel has served as a board member of Opportunity Village, and he is the board’s past treasurer and past audit committee chair. He also served as a Las Vegas Metro Chamber Trustee from late 2013 through September 2018.
An Oklahoma native, Bethel and his wife, Sherry, have lived in Las Vegas since 2007.
Gregory J. Walch serves as General Counsel for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
He is a member of the Water District and Water Authority Executive Team and oversees the Legal Department of both agencies.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University in 1985, Walch spent the next four years as an engineer with Layne Western Company, designing and overseeing construction of water well systems for industrial and municipal clients.
In May 1992, Walch received his Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. He has since practiced environmental, water, land use, mining, eminent domain and administrative law, and has regularly appeared before the Nevada State Engineer and other state agencies and administrators, various federal agencies, and state and federal courts in Nevada. In 1996, Walch co-founded the law firm now known as Holley, Driggs, Walch, Puzey & Thompson. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell for his work in environmental and natural resources law.
Walch and his wife, Shauna, have two sons, Rowan and Quin.
Citizen advisory committees
On occasion, the Water District forms citizen advisory committees to address special issues and topics such as water rates and conservation.