A new general manager will oversee The Woodlands Water Agency following the retirement of General Manager James Stinson, according to a Feb. 6 news release from the agency.

According to the release, Stinson is retiring after 29 years as general manager of the agency, which is the central management agency for 10 municipal utility districts in The Woodlands in Montgomery County. Stinson will remain with the WWA for several months during the transition, according to the release.

The WWA approved an employment agreement with Erich Peterson for the position Jan. 11, according to the agency.

Peterson has more than 22 years of civil engineering and management experience in the fields of water, wastewater and drainage, according to information from the WWA. His previous experience includes working with Jones|Carter, a civil engineering firm from 1999 to 2021. His experience there included directing the water districts team that managed MUDs within the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and College Station areas.

“We look forward to seeing Erich build on Jim Stinson’s successes as general manager,” said Bob Lux, president of the WWA board of trustees. “Erich’s extensive experience managing the daily operations of water districts, his in-depth understanding of water infrastructure, and his strategic planning and leadership skills position Woodlands Water for continued excellence going forward.”

The WWA was previously known as The Woodlands Joint Power Agency, but it rebranded in 2019.