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Regional Director's Priorities
  • I place the highest priority on the safety and health of our employees and the public. We have a supreme obligation to ensure that every employee and every member of the public has a safe and enjoyable experience while working or recreating at Reclamation facilities.

  • The relationships we cultivate with our colleagues, stakeholders, and sister agencies¬†are critical to the continued success of the Region and are key to achieving my third priority.

  • Accomplishing tasks and getting our work done will come as a consequence of my first two priorities. I place a high value on completing the work we set out to do and fulfill our commitments to the Administration, our customers and the public.

David Murillo was named the director of the Mid-Pacific Region in December 2012. He oversees management of the Region’s 11 water projects in an area encompassing the northern two-thirds of California, most of western Nevada and part of southern Oregon.¬†

The Region’s headquarters is located in Sacramento, Calif. Five area offices are located in Redding, Folsom, and Fresno, all in California; Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Carson City, Nev. Three specialized offices are the Mid-Pacific Construction Office in Willows, Calif.; and the Bay-Delta Office and Central Valley Operations Office, both in Sacramento.

The Region includes the multi-purpose Central Valley Project, one of the nation’s most complex and highest-profile network of dams, reservoirs, canals and hydroelectric powerplants. Extending 400 miles through northern and central California, the CVP provides an average of about 5.5 million acre-feet of water annually for agriculture, municipal and environmental uses in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, California’s central coast region, and southern and eastern San Francisco Bay area. The CVP’s 11 hydropower plants generate an average of about 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours a year.

Beginning in September 2010, Murillo served as Reclamation’s deputy commissioner for operations, overseeing operations in five regions across 17 western states; the Native American and International Affairs Office; and Technical Resources, which includes the Technical Service Center, Research and Development Office, Power Liaison, and Dam Safety Office/Design, Estimating and Construction.

In 2006, Murillo was named the power manager for the Grand Coulee Power Office, the nation’s largest hydroelectric facility. He managed the Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse dams and powerplants. Grand Coulee Dam is the key feature of Reclamation's Columbia Basin Project in the state of Washington.

Murillo joined Reclamation in 2000 as the manager of the field office in Yakima, Wash., where he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of storage reservoirs, fish facilities, diversion dams and hydropower plants.

Previously, he worked for the Department of Defense and Department of Energy on nuclear-controlled pure water and waste tanks, as well as steam plants.

Murillo is originally from Yakima and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984.

Murillo and his wife, Terri, have three adult children.

Last Updated: 4/10/17