Appointment of a New District Manager
The Metro District’s Board of Directors conducted a national search that spanned nearly seven months to identify a successor upon the December 2017 retirement of Catherine R. Gerali. On January 16, 2018, the District’s Board unanimously selected William J. “Mickey” Conway to be the sixth District Manager in the District’s history. Mr. Conway assumed responsibility as District Manager on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
Mr. Conway joined the Metro District in December 2013 as General Counsel and has been a member of the District’s Senior Management Team since then. Mr. Conway’s professional career, including four years with the District, has a combined 23 years of experience in the water and wastewater industries. Previously he was a managing partner in the law firm of Johnson & Conway LLP from 2002 to 2013. His law firm specialized in representation of wastewater, public entity, and construction industry clients. Mr. Conway was a senior associate attorney with the law firm of Lewis & McKenna from 1994 to 2002.
Mr. Conway currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee and is a Member of the Legislative and Policy Committee of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). He earned a B.A. in History from Southern Methodist University and graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994.
A Colorado native, Mr. Conway “returned home” with his family when he left the East Coast to join the Metro District in 2013.
Vacancy in the Office of the General Counsel
The hiring of Mr. Conway as District Manager leaves a vacancy in the Office of the General Counsel. The Metro District’s Board of Directors will conduct a search to identify a new General Counsel.
The Board of Directors has appointed Emily Jackson as Interim General Counsel. Ms. Jackson joined the Metro District in 2016 and has served as the District’s Environmental Regulatory Counsel. As of January 21, 2018, Emily Jackson will be responsible for all legal matters of the District and report directly to the Board until a permanent General Counsel is in place.