Chair Adán Ortega, Jr. takes the oath of office from former Metropolitan Director Sylvia Ballin.
Adán Ortega, Jr. was sworn in as the 20th chair of Metropolitan's Board of Directors on Jan. 10, following his election in October. He is the first Latino chair to lead the board in the district's 95-year history. Ortega, the principal of Ortega Strategies group, a public and government relations firm based in Fullerton, previously served as Metropolitan’s vice president of external affairs from 1999 to 2005. He began representing the city of San Fernando on the board in March 2021, after previously representing the city of Fullerton from February 2019 to February 2021.
Three new directors also took their seats on the board: Jacque McMillan, representing Calleguas Municipal Water District; Jeff Armstrong, from Eastern Municipal Water District; and Arturo Chacon of Central Basin Municipal Water District.
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