As far as qualifications, Storm said, "I'd like to see somebody with more management background." The current General Manager is an engineer.
"Whether the appropriate candidate also needs an engineering degree like LaMoreaux is debatable, according to Storm."
"Engineers can make good managers. Some do make good managers," he said. "But, my experience has been very few engineers are good managers."
In my small aerospace world have met engineers who were good managers, but I must admit they have been few and far between. I now think good managers are just rare and this a wider problem not just among engineers.
I can say if I was a Palmdale resident, since water is a basic need we all have, I would want the best technical expert running my water plant that the district could afford.