A Newport-Mesa native, Fred R. Bockmiller, P.E. represents Division 1, encompassing the Westside of Costa Mesa and portions of Newport Beach, on the Mesa Water District Board of Directors. Having served six terms as vice president and five terms as president, Director Bockmiller currently chairs the Engineering and Operations Committee.

Director Bockmiller represents Mesa Water District on the Board of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA). After serving on the JPIA Risk Management Committee for many years, he was elected by his fellow JPIA Board members to serve on the Executive Committee in May 2019. Mesa Water District was a founding member of the JPIA in 1979. Director Bockmiller serves on the ACWA Energy Committee.

He has also represented Mesa Water at the Orange County Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Sanitation District, the City District Liaison Committee, Orange County Council of Governments, and the Costa Mesa Westside Revitalization Oversight Committee.

Throughout his service, Director Bockmiller has championed cost-efficient service reliability. His perpetual agency philosophy of long-term planning and continuous infrastructure maintenance, renewal, and improvement has helped to ensure high quality and reliable water supply for Mesa Water District’s customers.

Director Bockmiller is the Engineering Manager in the Department of Finance and Administration at the University of California, Irvine, where he has been a leader in energy conservation and construction efforts for more than 30 years, including the campus’ completion of more than $2.5 billion in major capital construction projects and energy retrofit projects, which tripled the developed building space and reduced energy consumption in laboratories by 50 percent.

Developing the next generation is an area of interest for Director Bockmiller.  He has been a regular guest lecturer in UCI’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a mentor in the Junior Mentor Program at Newport Harbor High School, and a Board member of the Youth Employment Service, a local charity that provides young adults with the tools to find and keep jobs.