Craig Murray joined the Carpinteria Sanitary District in May 2004. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California. Prior to his appointment as the District General Manager he worked as a consulting engineer serving municipal water and wastewater clients. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and two children, but Craig was raised in Carpinteria and maintains strong ties to the community.
The District’s administrative staff is comprised of three individuals. The Finance Director, Hamid Hosseini, is the chief financial officer and responsible for District accounting and fiscal issues. The Office Manager, Kim Garcia, is the District’s chief administrator. She is responsible for personnel/human resources and serves as the Clerk to the Board of Directors. The District’s Engineering Technician is Lance Lawhon. He is responsible for user connections, construction permits, annexations and source control matters. Lance also performs construction inspections and related field services.
Treatment Plant Operations
The District’s wastewater treatment facility is run by a team of highly qualified plant operators, all licensed by the State of California, under the guidance of Operations Manager, Mark Bennett. Mark is supported by the District’s Treatment Supervisor, Mark Rogers and his operations staff including Frank Gonzales, Paul Sweningson, Branson Taylor, Joey Mendoza, Casey Balch and Jude Kiesewetter. This department is responsible for daily operation of the facility, ongoing maintenance and system improvement and regulatory compliance.
The District’s wastewater collection system is maintained by a staff of skilled individuals with extensive experience is sewer system operation and maintenance. The collection system is managed by Collection System Supervisor, Matt Oliver. Matt is supported by three collection operators, Eddie Saenz, John Bacchilega and Timothy Gallup. As a group, this crew is responsible for cleaning and maintaining 42 linear miles of sewer pipeline and approximately 4,300 lower lateral sewers throughout the City of Carpinteria and surrounding areas.
The District’s Safety and Training Officer is Jan Powell. Jan is responsible for coordinating, performing and documenting safety training for all employees, conducting regular safety inspections and ensuring ongoing regulatory compliance. This position is a unique co-operative with three other wastewater agencies, allowing each to have a dedicated safety professional at an affordable cost to ratepayers.