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Local man tapped to lead Tucson Water

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Local man tapped to lead Tucson Water

After a nationwide search, longtime local water professional Alan Forrest was picked to lead Tucson Water.

The municipal utility has been without a director since November 2010, when Jeff Biggs took a demotion after just two years on the job rather than comply with a requirement that new department heads live within Tucson city limits.

Forrest was chosen "after an extensive national recruitment process," a city spokesman said.

Forrest, who began his career with nearly a decade at Tucson Water, beginning in 1985, was most recently a vice president of water engineering/contracting firm CH2M Hill.

He also was Oro Valley's water director from 2000-2005, and president of the Community Water Company of Green Valley for four years before that.

Forrest will take on running Tucson Water on June 4, and be paid $151,424 plus a car allowance. city spokesman Michael Graham said.

"Mr. Forrest's diverse professional background coupled with his strong knowledge of water issues locally and within the state, will be of great benefit to the city, Tucson Water customers, and our partners in the region," City Manager Richard Miranda said in a press release.

Consultant fees, travel and hotel stays for the search cost the city about $21,500, Graham said.

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