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Reclamation selects Russell Callejo as Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region

Media Contact: Christie Kalkowski, 916-978-5100,

For Release: April 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the selection of Russell Callejo for the vacant Deputy Regional Director position in the Mid-Pacific Region.

“Throughout his career, Callejo has built strong, collaborative and enduring professional relationships in the water and power community, including those with contractors and stakeholders, tribal nations and non-governmental organizations,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “His strong experience within Reclamation is the right fit for this critical position.” Callejo has been diligently serving as the Assistant Regional Director, leading the team for the re-consultation on coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Previously, he managed the strategic and day-to-day operations of the Water Resources Branch at Folsom Dam.

Prior to joining the Mid-Pacific Region, Callejo served Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region for almost 20 years, where he held a variety of leadership positions related to river operations, power generation, and natural resources management from locations across the country including Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado. Callejo has extensive experience and training in river and reservoir operations and management and holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Callejo will remain in his position of Assistant Regional Director in charge of the re-consultation effort, one of the primary missions before the Mid-Pacific Region now, until mid-June when the new biological opinions are to be completed. In mid-June, Callejo will assume his full duties as Deputy Regional Director primarily responsible for the Central Valley Project and related offices and activities. In the interim, Don Bader will remain as Acting Deputy Regional Director.

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