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Conkwright Retires From HPWD

High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 General Manager Jim Conkwright has announced his intention to retire effective June 30, 2013.

"Jim has faithfully served the district as General Manager for 12 years and has continued the tradition of HPWD being a leader in groundwater management that is recognized throughout the state," said HPWD Board President Lynn Tate of Amarillo.

Prior to joining the district staff as general manager in June 2001, Conkwright served 14 years as Precinct Four District Director, representing the residents in the portions of Armstrong, Deaf Smith, Potter, and Randall Counties within the district.

"His combined knowledge as a board member and in leading the staff leaves no doubt that Jim Conkwright knows more about groundwater policies and issues than most people will learn in a lifetime. We hope to continue drawing upon his expertise even after his retirement," Tate said.

The HPWD Board of DIrectors will recognize Conkwright's service with a reception to be announced at a later date. A search for Conkwright's successor will begin immediately.

Created in 1951 by local residents and the Texas Legislature, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 is charged with the responsibility of conserving, preserving, protecting and preventing waste of groundwater within its 16-county service area. HPWD was the first underground water conservation districtcreated in Texas.

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