Press Release

Cal Water Names Tamara Kelly District Manager in Visalia

VISALIA, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) announced today that Tamara (Tammy) Kelly has taken the helm as District Manager of the utility's Visalia District. Kelly has been with Cal Water for 31 years and has extensive hands-on knowledge of water distribution, operations, and treatment systems.

Kelly was most recently the Assistant District Manager for the utility's Bakersfield District. Kelly's previous Cal Water roles as a Certified Pump Operator, Serviceperson, Storekeeper, Maintenance Supervisor, Operations Clerk, Superintendent of Maintenance Production, and Local Manager give her comprehensive experience to lead the district, according to Jim Smith, who is retiring as Director of the Visalia District.

Kelly holds Water Treatment Grade Three and Water Distribution Grade Five certifications from the State Water Resource Control Board. She also has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of LaVerne.

"Given her experience and steadfast commitment to providing her customers and communities with quality, service, and value, Tammy is the perfect person to lead Cal Water's Visalia District," said Smith. "I know that she has the dedication and vision to ensure we continue providing our Visalia customers with a reliable supply of high-quality water and being a partner in the community."

Smith, who has been with Cal Water since 1974 and has led the Visalia District since November, 2015, will retire on March 31, 2017.

Cal Water serves about 138,400 people through 38,300 service connections in Visalia. The company, which has provided water service in the area since 1926, was ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Water Utilities in the West" in 2016 by J.D. Power in its inaugural Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.