2000 - Present
Brett R. Barbre was elected to the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) board in November 2000 with nearly 70% of the votes cast. He was subsequently re-elected in November 2002 by a similar margin and was unanimously re-elected in 2006 when nobody chose to run against him. He represents Division I, which includes the cities of Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia and Yorba Linda. Prior to his election to MWDOC, Barbre was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Yorba Linda Water District from 1998 to 2000.
His primary goal in the water community is to ensure there is adequate water supply for all of the needs in Orange County. He is leading the efforts to build a desalination plant in Dana Point and has been active in pursuing the development of de-sal plants in Huntington Beach and San Onofre. He has successfully in secured millions of dollars in local, state and federal funds to build these projects in order to increase water reliability for Orange County.
Barbre is the Principal of Barbre & Associates, a public affairs company specializing in lobbying, campaigns, media and public relations.
Throughout his 25 year tenure in Orange County public affairs, Barbre has been extensively quoted in most major newspapers in California including, the Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register. He has appeared in such prominent business publications as Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, The Bond Buyer and the Dow Jones News Wire, and has also appeared on countless local and national public policy programs, including serving as the political commentator throughout the 2008 election season for Daybreak OC (KDOC-56).
For over seven years, Barbre served in the office of the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, including time as the Chief Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector and as Deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector and Public Information Officer. He also spent seven years on the staff of Congressman Bill Dannemeyer, who was the ranking member of the sub-committee on Health & the Environment, where Barbre developed his expertise on water-related issues.
As a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, Barbre can often be found travelling around the country to watch them play. He is a graduate of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and being a native of north Orange County, he attended and graduated from Glenknoll Elementary School, Bernardo Yorba Junior High School and Esperanza High School. He has been a resident of Yorba Linda since 1969 where he currently resides with his wife, Jean, two daughters, Kim and Kathryn, and their two yellow labs - Fenway and Huckleberry.