former executive director
Hollie Cannon will act as the agency manager
by Lacey Jarrell, Herald and News 7/30/15
The Klamath Water and Power Agency board of directors has
voted in favor of offering its organization’s former executive
director a new contract.
At a special meeting Wednesday, the board voted in favor of the
contract 4-1. Only board member Gary Wright opposed approving a
contract. The contract permits former KWAPA executive director
Hollie Cannon to regain employment with KWAPA — this time as an
Cannon said he signed the contract Wednesday morning.
“Mr. Cannon graciously agreed to, for the sake of the community
and the Klamath Project, to (provide) technical advice and
finish the contracts the agency has,” said board member Dave
KWAPA was established in 2008 as an inter-governmental agency
whose purpose is to manage the Water Users Mitigation Program (WUMP)
through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation.
WUMP is designed to investigate the capability of KWAPA to
manage a water supplementation program within the Klamath
Project, according to the agency’s website.
“I’m thankful to the board members who supported me. I’m
thankful to the KWAPA staff; I’m also very thankful to the large
number of irrigators that expressed support,” Cannon said.
“I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to move the
Project irrigators toward long-term solutions.”
The board voted to eliminate the agency’s executive director
position, and to terminate Cannon, on July 7. According to
Cannon, he and the KWAPA board of directors have been
negotiating his reinstatement since July 16.
Acting board chairman Bill Heiney said under the new contract,
Cannon will oversee completion of the agency’s WUMP agreements
and fulfill other duties the board is obligated to finish.
“He has specific knowledge of those things and training to
complete those items,” Heiney said.
Heiney previously said the executive director position was
eliminated because the board wants the Basin ag community to
have a “more unified voice.”
“My desire is that we continue KWAPA as an organization, but it
is going to be restructured ... I have no plans of closing the
doors of KWAPA,” Heiney said. “There’s a lot of discussion going
on about how we can keep KWAPA viable but integrated into an
organization that is under one board — what I mean by ‘one
board’ is the Klamath Water Users Association board and the
Water, power rights
According to the association’s website, Klamath Water Users is a
nonprofit corporation that works to preserve, protect and defend
the water and power rights of Klamath Project farmers and
KWUA is governed by an 11-member board of directors who are
representatives from Klamath Project irrigation districts.
“There are a lot of complex issues farmers, who would like to do
nothing else but farm, have to deal with. Organizations have to
evolve and change, and we’re at a juncture where both
organizations need to evolve and change in order to best
represent the irrigation community as a whole,” Cacka said.
Cannon said his managerial contract expires March 31, 2016, when
the federal grants currently funding KWAPA terminate. He said as
of now, no funding has been secured to support the agency after
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