A Letter From the Board

September 20, 2016

As you know, South Metro Water Supply Authority (SMWSA) was formed in 2004 for the purpose of helping our region develop renewable and sustainable water supplies and shift away from its historic reliance on nonrenewable groundwater.  Our recent Master Plan Update found that while we have more to do on this effort, we have nonetheless made tremendous progress.  We owe much of that progress to our Executive Director, Eric Hecox.

Eric has informed the SMWSA Board that he has been offered and has accepted the position of Vice President with Shea Properties.  This is a wonderful opportunity for him.  Shea is an outstanding company with great leadership and great assets.  Moreover, Eric’s new responsibilities will continue his strong involvement in water issues in the region while also expanding his horizon into new areas.

The Board and the staff will miss his leadership but he is leaving the organization in very good shape.  He has assembled an outstanding team who will continue the work begun during his tenure, including fully implementing the WISE project and delivering renewable water to the South Metro members, securing additional water storage and new supplies, and continuing to implement South Metro’s other important programs which are helping us successfully transition to renewable supplies. 

The Board and membership remain as committed as ever to our mission.  The Board has begun the process of finding a new Executive Director to carry on the work of the organization.  In the meantime, Rick Marsicek, who currently serves as Director of Engineering of SMWSA, will serve as interim Executive Director.  We are confident that the solid foundation Eric has helped establish for the organization and the path we are on to ensure a sustainable water supply for the South Metro region will continue.

Eric’s last day will be September 23rd.  I know you join us in wishing Eric all the best in this exciting new endeavor, and thank you for all that you do to ensure a secure water future for our region.


Dave Kaunisto                    Mark Marlowe

President, SMWSA             President, WISE Authority