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Roseville’s Derrick Whitehead retires after 25 years with city

Earns recognition from Regional Water Authority
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Longtime city of Roseville employee Derrick Whitehead was honored by the Regional Water Authority with an annual award for service and contributions to the region on Dec. 13.

Whitehead served as director of Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Department before retiring on Nov. 8 after 25 years with the city. Whitehead was honored for his ongoing service and leadership on regional water issues, according to a press release.

“Derrick has been the recipient of many accolades and awards recognizing his expertise and involvement in water industry leadership in the region,” said former Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci, who presented the award.

She cited examples of his leadership, including his participation on the original team that created, negotiated and signed the Water Forum Agreement, and his help in forming the Regional Water Authority, which represents 25 water suppliers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area.

Whitehead led Roseville’s efforts on water conservation and recycling, which set a standard for others in the region to follow, according to the release. He launched innovative programs such as using recycled water in Placer County, development of a regional groundwater model, introduction of aquifer storage and more.

Ed Kriz has been named acting director of the Environmental Utilities Department.