An Exit Interview with Jeffrey Kightlinger


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Jeffrey Kightlinger provides an excellent interview offering profound thoughts on the water industry that was recorded during the waning days of his 15-year tenure as the General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Plus, Reese Tisdale of Bluefield Research comes on for Bluefield on Tap to discuss how population shifts might impact the water sector.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Why Jeff decided to retire from Metropolitan at this juncture
  • Jeff’s perspective on what makes a good water leader
  • Where the gaps in water leadership are and whether they’re being filled
  • The advice Jeff received when he began his tenure at Metropolitan
  • Whether Jeff heeded that advice
  • How has the GM position changed during his tenure
  • Jeff’s biggest surprises in dealing with water issues
  • Jeff’s proudest accomplishments during his years at Metropolitan
  • What Jeff wishes had worked out differently
  • Jeff’s public words of advice for his successor, Adel Hagekhalil

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