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From the time they were tasked with carving a water lifeline from the Colorado River across the desert, Metropolitan managers have built a culture of hard work, determination and innovation. Many of those early leaders helped forge and create the legal and political framework that enabled an alliance of Southern California cities to form Metropolitan. They have since helped lead the agency to meet the demands of a burgeoning population in the face of various challenges, including drought, an evolving regulatory environment and, most recently, climate change. While Metropolitan’s tasks and responsibilities have evolved and expanded, the basic management structure has remained. Today, the managers and their staff are nationally recognized experts in the water industry.
Metropolitan is managed by four departments whose heads report directly to the Board of Directors: the General Manager, General Counsel, General Auditor and Ethics Officer.
The office of the General Manager is responsible for running the district, including implementing the policy directives of the board, and working with other department heads and member agencies to carry out Metropolitan’s mission.
General Counsel/Legal Department
The Legal Department represents Metropolitan, its directors, officers and, on occasion, employees in litigation and administrative proceedings. The office also renders legal advice and reviews contracts.
The office of the General Auditor helps ensure Metropolitan activities, programs and consulting agreements comply with policies, procedures and regulations. They proactively address issues, with a focus on risk management, controls and governmental processes.
The Ethics Office helps to establish internal ethics rules and policies on lobbying, conflicts of interest, contracts, campaign contributions and other issues. The office also provides education and advice to the board and employees about these rules and investigates alleged violations.