The Inyo Supervisors made it official. They appointed Dr. Bob Harrington as the permanent Director of the Inyo Water Department. Harrington takes on a job that has put his predecessors through the ringer politically and scientifically in the past.bob_harrington.jpg

The Board had earlier appointed Harrington as Acting Director. Prior to that he worked as an hydrologist in the Water Department for 10 years. In a press release, the Supervisors said that they will vote on a standard county personnel services contract in open session to finalize Dr. Harrington's appointment, which was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Board.

Harrington received his Doctorate from the University of Arizona and his Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Dr. Harrington will face ongoing dealings with LADWP in relation to the Water Agreement and negative public perceptions. Studies now continue over a way to control groundwater pumps. The public perception of the Inyo water issue has been voiced as ineffective, behind the scenes and without firm Board of Supervisor direction.

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