California Water Service Group and Subsidiary California Water Service Announces Two New Officers; Three Others to Assume Additional Responsibilities

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- California Water Service Group (Group) and its subsidiary California Water Service (Cal Water) today announced the appointment of two new Cal Water officers and the assumption of additional responsibilities by three current Group officers.  On January 1, 2019, Michael S. Mares, Jr. will assume the role of Vice President, California Operations and Greg A. Milleman will assume the role of Vice President, California Rates for Cal Water.

Mares began his career at Cal Water as a Temporary Operations and Maintenance Worker in 1992.  Over the years he served in positions with increasing responsibilities, including Local Manager for Group subsidiary Hawaii Water Service’s (Hawaii Water) Big Island system, General Manager of Hawaii Water, and Manager of Cal Water’s Bakersfield District.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Communication from Kaplan University as well as Grade 5 California Distribution System Operator Certification and Grade 2 California Water Treatment Operator Certification.

Milleman brings 26 years of water utility experience to his new position.  He began his career in the water industry at Valencia Water Company in 1992, where he served as Senior Vice President of Administration & Corporate Secretary.  He joined Cal Water in 2013 and served as Director of Field Administration and Finance until late 2017 when he began serving as Interim Director of Rates.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and has served on the California Water Association Board of Directors since 1992, including a 2015-2016 term as President.

“Mike and Greg will make great additions to our executive team.  Mike is a seasoned operations professional who has deep understanding of Cal Water’s culture, and Greg is a proven expert in California ratemaking.  I look forward to working with them in their new roles,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Martin A. Kropelnicki.

Also on January 1, three Group officers will take on new roles and responsibilities.  Paul G. Townsley will continue to oversee economic regulatory matters and business development for all Group subsidiaries and will assume overall responsibility for Washington, Hawaii, and New Mexico subsidiaries as Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Regulatory Matters Officer.  Robert J. Kuta will continue to oversee engineering and environmental affairs and will assume responsibility for water quality as Vice President, Engineering and Chief Water Quality and Environmental Compliance Officer.  Gerald A. Simon will continue to oversee safety and emergency preparedness and will assume responsibility for security as Vice President, Chief Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Officer.

“We operate in an increasingly complex environment, and with the impending retirement of Timothy D. Treloar, Vice President, Water Quality and Chief Utility Operations Officer, we felt that this reorganization of our leadership team would better position us to continue to build our reputation for being an industry leader as we fulfill our purpose of improving the quality of life for our customers, communities, employees, and stockholders,” Kropelnicki said.

California Water Service Group is the parent company of California Water Service, Washington Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, CWS Utility Services, and HWS Utility Services. Together, these companies employ 1,176 people who provide regulated and non-regulated water service to more than 100 California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii communities.  The company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWT.” More information is available at

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