Kenneth V. Payne, P.E.
Ken Payne has served as General Manager of the El Dorado Water Agency since 2015, where his extensive accomplishments include forging partnerships with numerous local, regional, state and federal entities, to collaborate on projects that support a shared vision of future resource planning and effective water management for the region; securing federal and state funding for water resource-related projects throughout the County; and successfully securing water supplies to meet current and future needs of the County. Ken also guided the development of the 2019 Water Resources Development and Management Plan, which outlines the new policies and guidance that will serve as the cornerstones for the Agency’s continued planning for El Dorado County’s water future.
Ken has more than 30 years of public and private-sector experience focused on water and its interconnectivity with the economy, environment, and social aspects. He understands the complexities of water policy and how to access water rights from policy to delivery, including invaluable partnerships and collaboration with multiple stakeholders. His experience includes leadership in budgetary development and administration; infrastructure planning; design, operations and construction standards for projects and program implementation; personnel management; and general government administration.
Prior to joining EDWA, Ken served as the Environmental/Water Resources Director for the City of Folsom for 10 years. During his tenure with the City, his role in the City Manager’s office expanded to also include a variety of legislative and regional issues. Ken has also held senior positions at engineering firms, with a focus on water and wastewater programs in northern California.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific, and is a registered civil engineer in California and Guam.