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Mead appoints new water superintendent - Pugsley takes over regulatory duties

Posted: Friday, Sep 28th, 2012

TORRINGTON – Brian Pugsley’s hard work has paid off.

Gov. Matt Mead appointed the Torrington resident as the new Division 1 water superintendent on Sept. 21. Pugsley previously served as assistant superintendent under Randy Tullis, who retired on Sept. 12.

“This position is integral to water and water use,” Mead said in a release. “I am pleased Brian is willing to take on the challenge.”

“I really look forward to the challenge,” said Pugsley, who has worked for the state for about 20 years, starting as a driver with the State Engineer’s Office. He started work for the water division, keeping tabs on the reservoirs and the North Platte River for about four years before being promoted about three years ago to assistant superintendent.

Pugsley will oversee water administration in the North Platte, Niobrara, Laramie, Little Snake, Medicine Bow and Sweetwater rivers and their tributaries. He added his new title will be less data collection and more administrative and regulatory duties.

“It’s more the nuts and bolts of water rights,” Pugsley said of his new duties.

The especially dry summer this year immediately following two years of “relief” weather, Pugsley said, has kept the water division busy.

“Water is a very valuable commodity,” Pugsley said. “We thought we were doing really well the last two years, then we get hit with 2012, which has been very challenging for a lot of personnel.”

Pugsley has also been a firefighter with the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department for about 20 years.

State Engineer Patrick Tyrrell offered his own congratulations to Pugsley.

“Brian’s service to the agency and our constituents has been outstanding, and I look forward to working with him in his important new role,” Tyrrell said in a release. “He is well qualified and I welcome his contributions to Water Division 1.”

Constituents in Division 1 who have water-related questions can call Pugsley at 532-2248. The Division 1 office is located at 510 West 27th Ave.

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