Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District begins search for new Executive Director

September 3, 2019

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District begins search for new Executive Director

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (September 3, 2019) – The Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has begun the search for the next Executive Director, retaining Waverly Partners as its executive search firm.   Joanne Limbach, Board President, along with the four other MWCD Board members will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional and national candidates. 

“Our Board, along with MWCD staff, has developed a position profile with the experience and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,” Limbach said. “We are open to executives with backgrounds in parks and recreation agencies, conservation-focused organizations, other kinds of nonprofits, private sector entities or other related experience. A candidate with a commitment to our mission of responsible stewards dedicated to providing flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed is a priority.” The position profile is available on the MWCD website at  

John Hoopingarner, the MWCD’s Executive Director since 1989, has announced his plan to retire in the Spring of 2020.   

For more information about the search, contact search consultants Heidi Milosovic and Eric Peterson at [email protected].

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is the MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving over $13.1 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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