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Richard Hajas

Position: Director - Division 5
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Richard Hajas has over 40 years of experience managing water resources in Ventura County. He has  managed the operations of two major water districts: Casitas Municipal Water District and Camrosa Water District in eastern Camarillo area. Richard managed the operations of Casitas Dam, Robles  Diversion Facilities, and Casitas’ pipeline-pumping system. He managed the design, financing, and  construction of the Camrosa Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Conejo Creek Project, the largest  recycled water project in Ventura County. He chaired the Steering Committee for the development of  the Calleguas Creek Watershed Plan encompassing four major cities, thousands of acres of prime  agricultural land, and valuable wetlands in Ventura County. 

Beginning in 2007 he volunteered to assist Ojai Flow’s effort to replace the CPUC regulated water  company, Golden State Water. He authored the feasibility analysis of the acquisition, which became the  basis for the eventual sale of the water company to Casitas Municipal Water District. He and his wife  Sandy have lived in the Valley for 40 years, raised two sons, and now have two grandchildren who also  live in the Ojai Valley. He has a B.A. Degree and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU,  Northridge.

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