Woodinville Water District General Manager, Patrick Sorensen, Announces Retirement

May 15, 2023

General Manager Patrick Sorensen announced to District staff and the Board of Commissioners his plans to retire from the Woodinville Water District on May 31, 2023.

Patrick Sorensen was hired as the District’s General Manager in May 2018. Sorensen has worked in local government for over 35 years serving Oregon, Nevada, and Utah, including 26 years in Washington State. This includes 27 years in various management roles, including that of Deputy City Manager, City Manager, Deputy General Manager and General Manager for public water and sewer utilities.

With his leadership, Sorensen is recognized for his unwavering dedication to the District for the past five years. He continued to work onsite at the District office throughout the pandemic to ensure District customers received the high-quality service delivery and management of the District’s utility systems that our customers expect.

Sorensen has prioritized protecting the District’s interest in ongoing contract negotiations with Seattle Public Utilities for water supply and with the King County Wastewater Division for sewage treatment and reclaimed water policies. He also enhanced coordination with the City of Woodinville to ensure that planning for water and wastewater facilities is an integral step early in reviewing development proposals.

With his leadership, the District implemented several successful programs, including the Engineering Department implementing an aggressive and successful Capital Improvement Program. During his five-year tenure at the District, he conducted a Risk and Resiliency Study to identify water system vulnerabilities related to seismic issues. The assessment will create an emergency plan for the District’s infrastructure and work with Seattle Public Utilities and the infrastructure that supplies our system.

The Board of Commissioners and the entire District staff wish him the best and appreciate his 5-year tenure at WWD.

The District has started the recruitment process for a new General Manager. Visit www.woodinvillewater.com for General Manager recruitment details.