LOS ANGELES--()--Ventura County water official Gail L. Pringle was sworn in today as a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Pringle represents Calleguas Municipal Water District on Metropolitan’s 37-member board. She succeeds Ted Grandsen, who had served as Calleguas’ Metropolitan representative since February 1993. Pringle was appointed to the board’s Finance and Insurance Committee, and Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee.
Appointed to Calleguas’ Board of Directors in February 1999, Pringle represents the southern half of Oxnard, the city of Port Hueneme and the Naval Base Ventura County. She has served as the Calleguas board treasurer since 2008. Pringle serves on the board of the Association of California Water Agencies. She also chairs ACWA’s Region 8, which includes about 50 public agencies in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
A commissioner on the Local Agency Formation Commission representing special districts, Pringle has served on the board of directors of the Channel Islands Community Service District. She also was a member of the Joint Powers Authority of the Port Hueneme Water Agency, where she represented the agency on the California Water Commission delegation that secured funding for the Port Hueneme Brackish Water Reclamation Project.
Pringle retired in 2007 as a business and acquisition specialist for innovative environmental restoration technologies at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center at Port Hueneme after 26 years with the federal government. She previously was an environmental planner for the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, now Naval Base Ventura County, where her responsibilities included water conservation and recycling; pollution prevention and remediation; and regulatory compliance.
During her career, she was named Technical Employee of the Year in 2006, and received the White House “Closing the Circle” Award for environmental innovation in 1998, and the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Pollution Prevention Award as a member of a team in 1996.
A native of Newport, R.I., Pringle earned a liberal arts degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.
Pringle and her husband, Alec, reside in Silver Strand Beach near Oxnard. They have a son, daughter and four grandchildren.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.
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