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Gene Souza


The Klamath Irrigation District (KID) has appointed Gene Souza as the district’s new manager. Souza, a native of the Klamath Basin and military veteran, brings the district patrons and staff more than two decades of results-driven leadership experience.

KID Board President Ty Kliewer made the announcement Thursday morning.

“Gene is returning to the Klamath Basin after nearly 30 years of military service. He is a strategic thinker who has honed his skills working on some of our nation’s most difficult challenges,” Kliewer stated. “His proven success in improving water management and irrigation projects across Iraq and Afghanistan will provide us with fresh perspectives. We are excited to have him as a member of our team.”

Souza enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989 after graduating from Henley High School and received his commission as an Army officer in 1999 upon graduation from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. Souza’s education includes Masters, Bachelors and Associates degrees in various disciplines. He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, the Army’s Staff and Management College, and holds a Certificate in Program Management from Syracuse University.

As the KlD manager, Souza is responsible for all aspects of the district’s operations. He will implement the district’s annual plan of work, long range/business plan, ensure KID resources are focused to meet the operational needs of the irrigation district, and perform other duties as assigned by the board of directors.

Gene is married to the former Ms. Tricia Ebel of Roseburg. They have raised three successful daughters and are the proud grandparents of five granddaughters. The Souza family is currently preparing to relocate their equine ranch.