Tribute on the Retirement of Mr. James D. Ruth, General Manager, Orange County Sanitation Districtby Former Representative Gary G. Miller
Posted on 2013-03-13
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Mr. GARY G. MILLER of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to note
the retirement of Mr. James D. Ruth, the General Manager of the Orange
County Sanitation District. I worked with Jim during the past several
years when the District was within my congressional district and
learned to appreciate the tremendous public servant that Jim embodies.
He was appointed interim General Manager of the Orange County
Sanitation District in December 2005 and was originally supposed to
stay about three to six months. Today, seven years later, Jim has
worked with the OCSD Board of Directors to guide the District through
some of the most challenging times that any public official could face.
Jim's good humor, his expertise in public administration, his
commitment to deliver the finest work resulted in successes that others
could hope to attain. I must note that Jim also enabled his staff to
take risks and make tough decisions that have strengthened the District
and will allow it to make the transition with a new General Manager
seamless. In his tenure, Jim oversaw a number of significant
accomplishments and gaining national and international acclaim for the
third largest wastewater treatment plant west of the Mississippi River.
While I no longer serve Orange County, I am proud to have worked hand-in-hand with OCSD and others on some very important issues. Under his watch, Jim Ruth oversaw the relocation of the Santa Ana River Interceptor Line--an important link between the Inland Empire and Orange County--and once completed, will finally remove an environmental threat that has been looming for many, many years.
Jim transformed OCSD and was leader in trimming costs and saving ratepayer dollars. Thanks to his leadership, OCSD was one of the first agencies to implement a lower cost second tier pension system across the board and save millions of dollars with efficiencies and elimination of duplicative services.
With 55 years of public service, Jim Ruth leaves a legacy of transforming public agencies and bringing out the best in the people around him. Many of us think, Jim really isn't retiring but moving on to something else as those of us who know him well, know he cannot sit still.
Congratulations Jim on a very successful career at OCSD and on serving the people of Orange County for many years. I wish you the best in retirement.