Kevin Patteson, J.D. - General Manager / CEO

Kevin Patteson

Kevin Patteson joined the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority as its new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer on May 2, 2016. The GBRA Board of Directors approved Patteson’s appointment during its April 2016 board meeting.

As the new general manager, Patteson will be the public face and the senior executive of the GBRA, overseeing the organization’s entire operations of more than 150 employees in multiple locations, assets of nearly $250 million, and leading its strategic initiatives as directed by the nine-member board of directors who are appointed by the governor.

The General Manager has overall management responsibility for GBRA's 10-county statutory district and all of its operating divisions throughout the Guadalupe River Basin. He serves as Chief Executive Officer in overseeing the day-to-day operations of GBRA functions and providing general leadership and direction. He reports to the Board of Directors and directs implementation of board-approved programs. He also represents GBRA in dealing with other elements of government, industry, business and the general public.

Previously, Patteson served as the Texas Water Development Board’s executive administrator since his appointment in September 2013. Prior to that, he was executive director for the Texas Office of State and Federal Relations, responsible for effectively representing Texas in Washington, D.C., and before that was the special advisor on federal initiatives for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), acting as liaison between TCEQ and members of Congress on federal legislation and regulatory matters. While at TCEQ, he also served as special counsel to TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw. Patteson also has been deputy general counsel for the Texas Workforce Commission and assistant general counsel/ethics advisor for the Office of Governor.

Patteson, earned his bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from Baylor University.

Bill West - General Manager (Ret. September 2016)

W. E. 'Bill' West, Jr.

After 46 years in the Texas water industry and 23 of those years with the GBRA, William “Bill” E. West, Jr., is retiring in September 2016.

West began his water resources career in 1970 at the Lower Colorado River Authority. He was promoted to System Operations Manager in 1974, to Water Resources Director in 1984, and in 1986 was named Executive Director of Natural Resources. At LCRA, West participated throughout the Texas Water Commission adjudication of the Colorado River initiated in the early 1970s.

He was a key negotiator in several landmark water rights cases on the Colorado River and served on various State Water Oversight Committees appointed by Texas governors. West has also participated in the development of the Balcones Canyon Conservation Plan in Travis County for the issuance of an Endangered Species Act 10-A permit.

West graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. He is a past president of the Texas Water Conservation Association and a member of the TWCA Board; past chairman of the Texas Water Forum; President of the National Water Resources Association; a member of the Senate Bill 1 Region L Water Planning Committee; and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2003 to the state's Study Commission on Water for Environmental Flows. He has been active since coming to GBRA to achieve a long-term solution to the Edwards Aquifer conflict.

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