Commissioner Announces Changes in Senior Leadership

Media Contact: Dan DuBray, 202-513-0574
Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: November 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced changes among three senior leadership positions. Lowell Pimley will become the Deputy Commissioner of Operations in Washington, David Murillo has been named Mid-Pacific Regional Director in Sacramento and Don Glaser will move to Denver where he will work on several high priority projects for the Commissioner. Michael Gabaldon will assume the leadership role for the Technical Service Center as part of his current duties as Director, Technical Resources in Denver.

"Lowell, David and Don bring their vast knowledge and experience, matched with their long history of working collaboratively with Reclamation's customers and stakeholders, into their new positions," Commissioner Connor said. "With more than 75 years of combined knowledge and experience in the water and related resources field, these outstanding leaders will build upon Reclamation's commitment to excellence and public service."

Lowell Pimley, most recently the Director of the Technical Service Center, has spent his career conducting and coordinating planning studies, designs and construction support on a variety of water resources and related projects. He joined Reclamation in 1980 as a civil engineer where he developed and directed designs on project features ranging from tunnels to bridges to large pipeline systems. Over the years, his responsibilities expanded to include project reviews for domestic and international civil works projects as well as policy development for Reclamation's planning, design, cost estimating and construction programs. He was named Director, Technical Service Center in 2008. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Montana State University.

David Murillo will bring his knowledge of water and related resources policy, water and power system operation and maintenance and ecosystems recovery to the Mid-Pacific Region. His work at several levels within Reclamation has demonstrated his ability to collaborate with the many partners and stakeholder interests of Reclamation. He has served as Deputy Commissioner for Operations since 2010. He joined Reclamation in 2000 as the manager of Yakima Field Office where he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of storage reservoirs, fish facilities and hydropower plants and the recovery of several salmon species. He then served as the Power Manager at Grand Coulee Dam, the largest hydroelectric facility in the United States. Murillo graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984.

Don Glaser's experience in Reclamation, the federal government and nonprofits will allow him to provide sound counsel to the Commissioner on Reclamation issues. He has worked for more than 25 years at Reclamation in several positions including Assistant Commissioner for Resources Management and Deputy Commissioner for Operations. Besides his Reclamation background, Glaser managed several nonprofits engaged in water education, open space preservation and fish and wildlife conservation and restoration. He also was a water consultant, Executive Director for the Presidential Commission on Western Water Policy and Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Director.

These Reclamation leaders will assume the duties of their new positions by January.

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