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Wednesday, March 13, 2013         
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The East Palo Alto Sanitary District Board of Directors appointed Kenneth C. Jones as the sanitary district’s new general manager. The board's appointment comes after several months of consideration.

Jones replaces Leroy Hawkins, who retired as the district manager in December after more than a decade with the district.

Goro Mitchell, the sanitary district board president, said that Jones brings to his new position proven leadership skills, wide professional and technical experience, talents and skills that will, “benefit the East Palo Alto Sanitary District’s continuing efforts to improve its overall efficiency and cost effectiveness as well as its public image.”

Jones has more than 30 years of project management, design and public agency experience. He has managed many and varied public works projects including new roadways and the construction of various public structures for municipalities, special districts, airport authorities and universities.

Mitchell said, “His expertise in management and civil engineering will be invaluable to our staff and rate payers,”

The East Palo Alto Sanitary District, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2009, provides sewer services to approximately 6,700 properties in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The District maintains approximately 32 miles of sewer lines and owns approximately 12% of the capacity of the Palo Alto Sewer Treatment Plant, operated by the City of Palo Alto.

“The district used an executive search firm to search far and wide for a General Manager” said Mitchell. “We are very happy with the choice that we made …finding a local person, who, in addition to his professional qualifications and experience, [also] knows the people and understands the infrastructural needs of the district,” he added.

Jones officially starts full time in his new position on Monday, March 25.

Meda Okelo, the author of this article, is also the publisher of EPA Information, a new directory listing East Palo Alto organizations.