Richard Balocco, Council Member

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Elected 2014, Current Term of Office 2022

Richard Balocco, Council MemberRichard Balocco was elected to the Indian Wells City Council on November 4, 2014.

Council Member Balocco has over 35 years of experience in both the private and public sector, including valuable expertise in general management, finance, government relations and business development. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for DesertArc, a position he has held since July 2007. A non-profit organization which provides service to the developmentally disabled, DesertArc has 225 employees, 600 clients and a $13 million operating budget.

Previously Balocco was President Crystal Choice Water Services (CCWS), a subsidiary of the SJW Corporation, holding company is trading on the New York Stock Exchange. SJW provides water utility services (San Jose Water Company), real estate management services and related utility services to governmental agencies.

Prior to serving as President of CCWS, Balocco was a senior executive at San Jose Water Company (SJWC) where he successfully led the business development effort for non-regulated services from start up to an $8 million business. He represented SJWC at all levels of government having developed and implemented the SJWC strategic government relations plan as well as the corporate communication plan. He served as Chief Lobbyist for SJW for over 20 years.

Earlier in his career Council Member Balocco served as the Chief Financial Officer at the City of Ventura where he implemented a new accounting and budgeting system leading to significant savings. Prior to this he was the assistant Finance Director at the City of Sunnyvale where he was part of a team that developed the first performance accounting system in the public sector. He started his career at Hewlett Packard in international finance.

Balocco holds a BS degree in Accounting from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He has served as a director on numerous not for profit boards.