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Auburn, Calif.- Placer County Water Agency General Manager David A. Breninger this week announced the promotion of Brent Smith to the position of Director of Technical Services.

Smith has served as the water agency’s Deputy Director of Technical Services for the past 10 years and has worked with the agency since 1988.  In his new position, he succeeds outgoing director Brian Martin, who retires Oct. 18.

Breninger said Smith’s appointment followed an extensive open recruitment process. “We are fortunate to have someone with Brent’s qualifications, organizational knowledge and leadership skills to fill this key position,” the general manager said.

PCWA Board Chairman Gray Allen said Smith’s appointment will ensure a smooth transition in department management. “I welcome Brent as the new Director of Technical Services,” Allen said. “He is extremely capable and will fill that role admirably.”

The PCWA Technical Services Department includes 53 employees and is made up of the Engineering and Water Quality divisions.

Smith is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Utah and a registered professional engineer in California. He worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation before joining PCWA.

Smith and his wife, Natalie, reside in Loomis and are the parents of four daughters.