Thurston E. Smith (Smitty) joined the Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors in December 2016, as the Division 7 representative. He ran unopposed for the position and was subsequently appointed to the four-year term.
In 1979, shortly after graduating from Artesia High School, Smitty started his business, Smitty's Concrete Pumping in Long Beach, CA. He married his wife, Margaret, in 1986. In 1988, he moved family and business to the high desert to be closer to his family.
Prior to running for Mojave Water Agency, Smitty served two continuous terms on the Hesperia City Council, from 2006-2014. He currently serves on the County of San Bernardino Treasury Oversight Committee appointed by the County's Auditor Controller, Desert Valley Hospital & Medical Board of Directors and chairs the annual Victor Valley Bicycle Tour.
Smitty has a long career in community service in the high desert that goes back to the early 1990's. He served on the Board of Directors for Hesperia American Little League, where his two sons played baseball. He then served on the Hesperia Recreation and Park District Board of Directors from 2004-2006, until he was elected to the Hesperia City Council. He recently received his 20 year pin from the Hesperia Elks Lodge. He is a member of Kiwanis and the Hesperia Police Activities League (HPAL).
During his tenure on the City Council, the issue of water supply and efficient water management became an area of great interest to Smitty. He began learning more about the Mojave Water Agency's role in ensuring a sustainable water supply.
He and his wife, Margaret, believe giving back to their community not only serves people today, but also builds a strong foundation for future generations.