Sacramento Suburban Water District is governed by a five member Board of Directors. Directors are elected to serve four year terms. Elections are held on even numbered years. For more information on election procedures and deadlines, please visit www.elections.saccounty.net
Find out more regarding compensation for Board of Directors.Robert P. Wichert - President
Bob Wichert was born at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento and he was raised in Arden Park. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for over eighteen years at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District as a mechanical engineer. While at SMUD he worked on hydroelectric power projects and he was personally responsible for establishment of the SMUD Greenergy © renewable power program. He has lived in Division 3 for more than fifteen years. Up until October of 2014 he ran his own business, Robert P. Wichert Professional Engineering, Inc. He now works as the Lead Mechanical Engineer for RagingWire Data Centers with multiple data center facilities in Sacramento, Ashburn, Virginia, and Garland, Texas.
Craig Locke was elected to the Sacramento Suburban Water District Board of Directors in 2014. Mr. Locke is currently Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Woodland, responsible for water and reclaimed water distribution as well as storm drain and sewer collection and treatment. Prior to his Woodland position he was City Engineer/Director of Public Works for the City of Chowchilla. Mr. Locke has over 25 years of experience in the field of Civil Engineering and Surveying. Mr. Locke is State certified in water treatment and distribution, and is a certified Water Use Efficiency Practitioner.
A 40+ year resident of District 5, Mr. Locke graduated from Arden Middle School and El Camino High School. He earned a BA in History from UC Berkeley and a BS in Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Mr. Jones has resided in the Sacramento Suburban Water District for over 30 years. He was educated at local schools and worked as a firefighter to finance college. He received a Bachelors Degree in Science from Humboldt State University. For the past 40 years Mr. Jones has worked as an engineer and project manager in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Jones retired from Sacramento Suburban Water District where he oversaw infrastructure upgrades for the District.
Mr. Jones is involved in the community as a member of the Sacramento Suburban Kiwanis Club where he served as President of the club and a Director on the Club’s Board. Mr. Jones and his wife have three grown successful children. Mr. Jones also owns a small business, operating a choose and cut Christmas tree farm in the Sierras near the small town of Alta.
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Division 2 (Division map)
Term: 2016 through 2020
Neil W. Schild was elected as a Board Member for Division 2 of the Sacramento Suburban Water District in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 . Mr. Schild is a Professional Engineer currently employed part-time with Stantec,Inc. He is currently managing projects that involve environmental restoration related to the diversion of water from streams throughout California.
Mr. Schild is currently the district representative on the Regional Water Authority, Sacramento Groundwater Authority, ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Workers' Compensation Program Committee and ACWA Groundwater and Federal Affairs Committee. He continues to serve on the Finance and Audit and Facilities and Operations Committees' for Sacramento Suburban Water District. Mr. Schild has served in previous years as the President of the Sacramento Suburban Water District Board of Directors.
Mr. Schild worked for the US Bureau of Reclamation in Denver and Sacramento. He retired from the Bureau in 1993 after 34 years of service. Mr. Schild worked primarily in the water and power operations and maintenance fields during that tenure. He retired as the Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region of the Bureau.
He holds a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University. Neil and his wife Arlis moved to Sacramento in 1972, raised four children and have lived in the District since that time.
Kevin M. Thomas
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Division 4 (Division map)
Term: 2014 through 2018
Kevin Thomas was elected in November 2010 to the Sacramento Suburban Water District Board of Directors. He represents Division 4, which includes Arden Arcade, Carmichael, and Foothill Farms.
Mr. Thomas was born and raised in Sacramento, attended El Camino High School and is currently enrolled at CSU Sacramento where he is a senior studying computer science. He works for The People’s Advocate, one of the state’s largest grass roots taxpayer’s organizations, where he engages in all levels of government from neighborhood organizations to federal legislation. Mr. Thomas' experience at The People’s Advocate ignited a passion for serving his community and making it a better place to live. In his spare time he enjoys reading and yoga.