Commissioners

Board of Commissioners

The Joint Water Commission (JWC) is run by a board of 12 Commissioners (three Commissioners from each member agency) who are appointed by their respective agencies to serve.  The Commission meets four times per year to approve the budget, receive project updates, and make any major decisions regarding JWC operations.

Commission Committees

Three committees oversee day-to-day JWC operations.

  1. The Management Committee deliberates on policy matters and resource planning.
  2. The Operations Committee provides technical expertise for plant production, transmission, and storage.
  3. The Events and Education Committee oversee public participation, education, and outreach efforts in water science and conservation.

City of Hillsboro Commissioners

Pic of Commissioner Godsey

John Godsey, a former City of Hillsboro Councilman, has served on the Joint Water Commission and City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission (UC) since 2004. He was appointed Chair of the UC in January 2011, and still holds that position. He also represents the City on the Barney Reservoir Joint Ownership Commission and the Willamette Intake Facilities (WIF) Commission. 

Pic of David Judah

David Judah was appointed to the Joint Water Commission in January 2011. He also serves on the City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission and Budget Committee, and represents the City on the Willamette Water Supply System Commission. Judah worked previously in management and sales for a Forest Grove high-tech company. He is proud of his life-long Hillsboro residency.

pic of Commissioner Raber

Deborah Raber is Hillsboro Water’s newest Commissioner. She was appointed to the Joint Water Commission in February 2017, serves on the City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission, and represents the City on the Regional Water Providers Consortium Board. Raber is a long-time Hillsboro resident and former City of Hillsboro employee.

City of Forest Grove Commissioners

Carl Heisler

Carl Heisler, a former Forest Grove City Councilor, is the longest-serving Commissioner for Forest Grove and the only original JWC Commissioner still serving, which means his tenure began in 1976. He has spent over 45 years helping steer Washington County drinking water plans and policies.

Rod Fuiten

Rod Fuiten, a former Forest Grove City Councilor, has represented Forest Grove as a Joint Water Commissioner since 1995. He is owner and president of Fuiten Plumbing and Heating Company in Forest Grove.

Peter Truax

Peter Truax, the current City of Forest Grove Mayor, joined the Joint Water Commission in 2016. He served in the U.S. Army and spent 28 years as a teacher and administrator in Forest Grove schools.

City of Beaverton Commissioners

City of Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beaty

Lacey Beaty was elected Beaverton’s Mayor in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on Beaverton City Council. Before joining the City Council, she was an active volunteer for the city’s Visioning Advisory Committee, serving as vice-chair. She is the youngest-ever-elected official in Beaverton’s history. Mayor Beaty believes in robust community engagement coupled with intentional collaboration across City Council, City Staff, community members and regional partners. She has served on the Joint Water Commission since 2021.

Laura Mitchell was elected to the Beaverton City Council in the November 2018 general election and began her first four year term of service in January 2019. Laura previously served on the city’s Budget Committee and Social Services Funding Committee. She was appointed by Beaverton to the Joint Water Commission in 2022. 

Allison Tivnon was elected to the Beaverton City Council in 2020, and previously served as a Beaverton Arts Commission commissioner and a member of the Oregon Complete Counts committee for the State of Oregon’s 2020 Census. She has 15 years of experience in marketing and business development and civic and philanthropic development. Tivnon has served on the Joint Water Commission since October 2021.

Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD)

Jim Doane

Jim Doane was elected to the Tualatin Valley Water District’s (TVWD) Board of Commissioners in 1998. He is currently serving as the Board’s Acting Secretary and has also held the position of Board President. Doane is a retired professional engineer who specialized in water resource and civil engineering for more than 40 years.

Bernice Bagnall was sworn into office of the TVWD Board of Commissioners on September 21, 2016 and elected in May 2017. Her career in utility finance and economics included employment with Pacific Power and Light Co., City of Portland and Clean Water Services. Commissioner Bagnall retired as the Chief Financial Officer for TVWD in 2011. She has served on the Joint Water Commission since 2018.

pix of Commissioner Sanders

Todd Sanders was appointed to TVWD’s Board of Commissioners in 2018, and elected in May 2019. He teaches water supply and treatment courses at Portland Community College. He began serving as a Joint Water Commissioner in 2022. 

JWC General Manager

Niki Iverson, Hillsboro Water Department Director, also serves as General Manager for the Joint Water Commission (JWC) and the Barney Reservoir Joint Ownership Commission (BRJOC). Hillsboro has served as managing agency for the JWC and BRJOC since the inception of both Commissions and provides management and staff for all operations.