Herbert R. Guenther
Former Senator Herb Guenther, of Tacna, was confirmed by the Arizona State Senate as the eighth director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources in February 2003.
The Director, who serves at the pleasure of the Governor, resigned from the State Senate to accept the post.
The Director has an extensive background in water issues. Before his appointment, he served 22 years with the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District in southwestern Arizona.
He has served as an Arizona director of the Colorado River Water Users Association (CRWUA). Herb also served as president of CRWUA in 1997 and 1998.
He is a graduate of Washington High School in Phoenix, Glendale Community College, and Arizona State University.
Herb is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and also spent 10 years with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The Director served in both the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona State Senate.
In 2000, the American Ground Water Trust presented him with its Legislator of the Year Award.
Herb and his wife, Sharon, have four children.