Delta Tunnel: MWD executives in labor negotiations with DCA Executive Director

The new Board of Directors for the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (“DCA”) has called a special meeting for Tuesday, March 9th from 3-5 pm.  The closed session agenda lists the following items with regard to the DCA’s Executive Director, Kathryn Mallon:

(a) Public Employee Performance Evaluation

(b) Public Employment

(c) Conference with Labor Negotiators
Agency Designated Representatives: Richard Atwater, Shane Chapman, and Josh Nelson

Richard Atwater and Shane Chapman are the Director and Alternate Director appointed by Metropolitan Water District to the DCA Board of Directors..

Richard Atwater is on the Board of the Metropolitan Water District, and serves as Chair of MWD’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee.

Shane Chapman is the Assistant General Manager/Chief Administrative Officer of the Metropolitan Water District.

Kathryn Mallon was appointed by the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority to lead the twin tunnels effort in January 2019, and continued to lead the planning for the single tunnel in May 2019. According to the DCA website, Mallon is a civil engineer who previously served as “the Deputy Commissioner for the City of New York’s Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction where she managed a staff of 500 engineers, scientists and other professionals responsible for delivery of the City’s 10-year, $14 billion water and wastewater capital construction program which included major tunnels, treatment works, pump stations, pipelines, and bridges.”

Mallon has kept the single tunnel project largely on schedule in spite of the COVID pandemic and reductions in funding. She also continued the DCA’s Stakeholder Engagement Committee meetings going during the pandemic, over the objections of the public members, stating that the schedule was “not moving.”

The DCA previously held two special meetings to consider a performance evaluation of Mallon on July 27 and August 5, 2020.

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