P. Joseph (Joe) Grindstaff, former state deputy secretary for water policy, has been appointed as interim general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency.

The Board of Directors on Wednesday named Grindstaff to replace Tom Love who submitted his resignation last week after 12 years in that position.

Grindstaff has 30 years of experience in management and planning in the field of water, wastewater and resource management, according a press release announcing his appointment.

Grindstaff served as the executive officer for the Delta Stewardship Council from 2010-2012 where he organized the Delta Stewardship Council and helped establish the Delta Conservancy in Northern California.

From 2005-2010, Grindstaff was director of the California Bay-Delta Authority and was deputy secretary for water policy for the state Natural Resources Agency from 2006-2010.

He has also served as chief deputy director for the state Department of Water Resources, general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, general manager of Monte Vista Water District, assistant operations branch manager for Eastern Municipal Water District, wastewater systems manager for the city of Riverside and wastewater plant operations manager for Salt Lake City.

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency distributes imported water, provides industrial/municipal wastewater collection and treatment services, and other related utility services to more than 850,000 people, serving Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Upland, as well as the Cucamonga Valley and Monte Vista water districts and Fontana Water Co.