People: John Zimmerman named general manager Truckee Meadows Water Authority

John Zimmerman

John Zimmerman

After a national, five-month recruitment process, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority board of directors approved John Zimmerman as the utility company’s next general manager.

Since 2016, Zimmerman has been instrumental in developing water policy through collaboration with federal, state, local, and tribal governments on behalf of TMWA.

He has extensive experience in water law, with applicable expertise regarding operation of the Truckee River system. Hired on as TMWA’s water resources manager in 2016, Zimmerman has been serving as assistant general manager since June 2021.

With a successful record of navigating complex water issues and initiatives for TMWA, Zimmerman will replace Mark Foree, who was appointed as general manager in 2009 and is set to retire October 2022.

Zimmerman is also a published author on the topic of water allocation and serves on the commission to study water adjudication for the Nevada Supreme Court. He also serves on the board of advisors for the National Judicial College’s Dividing the Waters’ program, which seeks to help prepare judges for the effective and efficient adjudication of water-related cases. 


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