Gulf Coast Water Authority General Manager Robert Istre resigned today, shortly before a scheduled executive session to discuss his performance.
“He had already left the premises prior to the meeting,” said Eric Wilson, a member of the GCWA Board of Directors. “So we appointed David Sauer as the acting general manager; and next Friday we will have another meeting to start moving forward with a head hunting firm to try and find us a new general manager for the authority.” Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Wilson said that communication between the authority and its customers was a major problem that resulted in today’s special meeting and Istre’s decision.
“Moving forward, I think we have the potential for rebuilding this authority into one that is working toward a common good for all members, throughout all counties.”
Wilson, who also is director of municipal utilities for the City of Galveston, said Galveston Island will likely face a voluntary conservation program soon, but there are backup plans if the drought continues.
“We do have backup wells we can put into the canal so we do have workarounds should the river run dry,” Wilson said. “We just hope that doesn’t happen.”