Thursday Northwest Star preview: Metro water undergoes leadership changes

2014-01-22T13:00:00Z Thursday Northwest Star preview: Metro water undergoes leadership changesBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Changes are afoot at the top of Metro Water, an independent utility that serves the northwest and east side and parts of the southwest side of Tucson.

The company has named a new general manager and chief financial officer and announced the departure of those who currently hold those positions.

Joseph Olsen will take over Monday as general manager, replacing Mark Stratton, who is retiring. An Air Force reservist, Olsen comes from Tucson Water, where he has served as interim deputy director, planning administrator and engineering manager. Stratton will retire March 5.

Olsen earned a master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University and a civil engineering degree the University of Arizona. .

Diane Bracken has taken over as the new chief financial officer. She has worked in various financial roles for Pima County over the last 15 years. She replaces Mike Land, who retired Jan. 15. Bracken holds a master’s in public management from Northern Arizona University and a business administration degree from Liberty University.

Stratton had been on the job since 1994, while Land had served in his role since 1995.

Read the rest of the story in Thursday's Northwest Star.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.

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The Star's Northwest team, Tiffany Kjos and Phil Villarreal, write this blog, which focuses on all of northern Pima County, including Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and Catalina; and SaddleBrooke in Pinal County. They welcome contributions via email at

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