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TID trustees appoint new GM
TID GM Brad Koehn
Brad Koehn will be taking over as general manager of the Turlock Irrigation District.

The Turlock Irrigation District board of directors has appointed Brad Koehn to replace outgoing GM Michelle Reimers, who announced her resignation just last week.

Koehn has been with TID for 13 years and has held various leadership roles within the district, serving as the chief operating officer since 2020.

“Brad is a proven leader who brings a deep understanding of all TID operations,” said TID board president, Ron Macedo. “His experience as the chief operating officer and the different leadership positions he has held in both the water and power administrations, makes him uniquely situated to step into the general manager role and ensure a seamless transition.”

Koehn, a native of Turlock and a graduate of Turlock High School, is a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor, and joined the District in 2011 as the civil engineering department manager.

“I am sincerely honored to serve as general manager and thank the board for their confidence in me to help lead this organization that is such a foundational part of our community,” said Koehn, who lives in Turlock with his wife and two children. “I look forward to guiding TID’s dedicated and skilled workforce, and together furthering the progress the district has made and continuing to meet our mission of providing reliable and affordable water and power for our community.”

In 2018, he was named assistant general manager of the Power Supply Administration. Prior to working at TID, Koehn spent 16 years in private practice engineering, most recently co-owning a local civil engineering firm. During his tenure with TID, Koehn helped develop and implement irrigation modernization projects, including the Lateral 8 and Ceres Main Regulating Reservoirs. He also led the evaluation and assessment phase for the Don Pedro Life Extension Project, and guided TID’s entrance into and ongoing participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market, which optimizes the utilization of TID’s power supply portfolio.

“TID has made significant advancements and Brad has been instrumental in moving these initiatives forward,” Reimers said. “I am excited to see what he will advance under his direct leadership.”

Koehn is deeply rooted in the community and also serves as a board director for the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District. He will be the ninth General Manager in the 137-year history of TID.

Reimers, the first woman to serve as GM in the district’s history, will depart and Koehn will take over GM duties officially on June 21. She announced her resignation on May 31, following an 18-year career with the district.

During her tenure, Reimers negotiated a voluntary agreement for the Tuolumne River and filed for new water rights to capture flood flows to enhance water resources.

Reimers said she’s looking forward to spending more time with family.

“This is a pretty intense job and I’m looking forward to having some more time with my family,” Reimers said last week. “My kids are at an important age where I want to be a bigger part of their lives.”