At Tacoma Water, Linda McCrea is about to move from deputy superintendent to superintendent, beginning Feb. 1. She replaces John Kirner, who has served as the superintendent since 2004, and has worked for Tacoma Public Utilities for 27 years, according to a release today from Tacoma Public Utilities.
“Linda has proven herself as an outstanding leader at Tacoma Water and in the water industry for many years,” said Tacoma Public Utilities Director Bill Gaines. “She is well prepared to serve as superintendent and has the skills needed to continue the utility’s history of clean and safe water, excellent service, financial strength and low rates.”
McCrea began her career with Tacoma Water in 1980 and has served as deputy superintendent since 2006.
“Tacoma Water will have some big decisions to make and important issues to address this year and in the next many years,” McCrea said. “I look forward to leading an excellent team of people through those decisions and challenges, while continuing to provide our customers with service and quality that they deserve and have come to expect.”
McCrea is a civil engineering graduate of University of Washington, and also serves as vice chair for the Washington Water Utility Council and vice president of the South Sound Subsection of the American Water Works Association Pacific Northwest Section. She is a member of the Water Resource Inventory Area 9 Watershed Planning Forum and a board member for the Partnership for Water Conservation.