Gainesville has named a new director of the Department of Water Resources.
Linda MacGregor will begin Feb. 15 in the role left open by the retirement of longtime director Kelly Randall. MacGregor most recently worked as Water Resources Division director and senior program manager at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Ms. MacGregor’s caliber join the city of Gainesville,” City Manager Bryan Lackey said in a news release. “Her knowledge of the state water management policy and the tri-state water issues is a tremendous benefit and will allow us to continue to move this department forward in a timely manner.”
Lackey said MacGregor spent 20 years working with local governments on water issues before her work at the state level.
“So we’re very excited about her vast experience and what she can bring to the city of Gainesville to help us out,” Lackey told The Times.
City Councilman George Wangemann said he looks forward to getting to know MacGregor in the position.
“I trust Bryan Lackey’s judgment,” Wangemann said. “He’s the one who hired her, and I’m glad to have a person who is qualified, competent and able to do the type of job Kelly Randall did. I thought Kelly was an excellent public utilities director, and I have no doubt she will carry on the tradition he started.”
MacGregor also worked as the watershed protection branch chief for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental and water resources from Vanderbilt University.