Board of Commissioners
Board of Water and Power Commissioners
The Department of Water and Power (DWP) is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners (Board) appointed by the City of Big Bear Lake, City Council. DWP serves the City of Big Bear Lake and the unincorporated communities of Fawnskin, Erwin Lake, Lake William, Sugarloaf, Moonridge, and a small RV Park on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.
Regular Board meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meetings take place at the DWP Board Room located at 41972 Garstin Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Public comments are welcomed and encouraged.
Don Smith has served on the DWP Board of Commissioners since 2010. Born in Savannah, Georgia. A.S. Degree from Crafton Hills College. B.S. Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Retired from Upland Fire Department. Currently employed part time by the Big Bear Fire Department. Member of the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary with Flotilla 11-12 at Big Bear Lake. Don was appointed by City Council in 2013, serving as Chair in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2021.
Bob Tarras has served on the DWP Board of Commissioners since 2007. Bob was reappointed by City Council in 2011 and 2015, serving as Vice-Chair in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2019.
Craig Hjorth was appointed to the DWP Board of Commissioners in 2013, serving as Treasurer since 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2021.
Alan Lee was appointed to the DWP Board of Commissioners in 2015. His current term is set to expire June 30, 2019. Commissioner Lee was born in Los Angeles, California. He is an active member of the American Water Works Association. He has received training in Cross-Connection Control from the University of Southern California, Water Treatment training from California State University at Sacramento and Water Distribution training from Mount San Antonio College. Commissioner Lee has an extensive background and experience in the area of municipal water operations, having worked for the City of Burbank, South Gate and Torrance water utilities. Commissioner Lee has completed the Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Barbara Willey previously served on the DWP Board of Commissioners from 2003 to 2009. She served on the Bear Valley Healthcare District board from 2012 to 2018. She was re-appointed to the DWP board in 2018. Retired from International Trade and Logistics, Barbara served on many National and Regional boards, including AAEI (American Association of Exporters and Importers), TMA (Toy Manufacturer's Association) and Southern California FTA (Foreign Trade Association) and the CCIT (California Council for International Trade).