He had barely unpacked his suitcase before coming to work at the crack of dawn on his first day as new General Manager of Yorba Linda Water District. It’s been a busy first week for Andrew Marcantonio, who goes as “Marc”. He officially started as YLWD GM on September 3rd. He has been ushered from one meeting to the next, introduced to employees and representatives from other Orange County water agencies and cities ever since.
“It’s a bit overwhelming but exciting at the same time,” says Marcantonio. “It’s been a flurry of new faces and names. But that comes with being the new guy, from out of town.”
While it’ll take some time for him to get to know the players and the acronyms, Marcantonio is no stranger to Orange County having lived here for 13 of his 23 years of service in the U.S. Army, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. His distinguished military career in many vast leadership roles made him the unanimous choice of the YLWD Board of Directors for the appointment.
“He knows the water business but the thing that’s most impressive about Marc, he’s a natural leader,” said Board President Bob Kiley. “We as a Board look forward to him leading this District and taking us to the next level.”
Marcantonio is the first YLWD GM to be hired from outside of the District in more than 20 years - far outside, actually. Marcantonio drove down Labor Day weekend from his home in the state of Washington. He brings with him a dozen years of water utilities management, heading up Mt. View-Edgewood Water Company. While water politics in California are a different beast than in Washington, where water supply is abundant, Marcantonio promises to be a quick study. He also leaves as President of the Regional Water Cooperative of Pierce County, an association of 25 water and wastewater agencies in the Greater Seattle Area.
“Yorba Linda Water District is an agency with exciting opportunities, and I am proud to be a part of the team,” said Marcantonio. “I look forward to working together with the Board of Directors, staff, and the broader community for the benefit of our customers.”
After retiring from the Army, Marcantonio worked as a Fisheries Biologist. He is also a professional fisherman and outdoor writer. It’s a welcome return home for his wife Roe, a native of La Habra. Their daughter lives here as well.
“This is where we wanted to be. This is where our family is. We have good friends here. This will feel like home very fast.”