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Posted on: January 2, 2024

Board names Jon Messick as chairman and Gary Bradford vice-chairman for 2024

Jon Messick Yuba Water board chair 2024

During its first meeting of the year on Jan. 2, Yuba Water Agency’s Board of Directors named Jon Messick as chairman and Gary Bradford as vice-chairman for 2024. The board voted unanimously on both positions.

“I appreciate the board’s vote of confidence to lead this year,” Messick said. “There are some really big, really important efforts all coming to fruition this year, and I’m honored to be trusted with a leadership role as we advance strategic priorities that will have a lasting impact on Yuba County.”  

Yuba Water’s seven-member governing board is comprised of all five members of Yuba County’s Board of Supervisors, plus two at-large, elected positions representing North and South Yuba County. Messick joined the agency’s board in 2023 following his election to the Yuba County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Yuba County’s foothill communities. 

Bradford was named vice-chairman after serving as chair for the past two years. Bradford has served on the board since 2017 through his role as a Yuba County supervisor representing District 4, which includes Plumas Lake and Wheatland.

Yuba Water’s board works with the agency’s general manager to set policy and make decisions related to the agency’s missions of flood risk reduction, water supply reliability, fish habitat protection and enhancement, hydroelectric power generation and recreation at New Bullards Bar Reservoir. Their work is guided by a five-year strategic plan.

Learn more about Yuba Water’s board of directors and missions at

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