City of Bakersfield logoFollowing a nationwide recruitment effort, the City of Bakersfield is pleased to
announce that Kristina Budak has been hired to lead the City’s Water Resources Department, effective Oct. 2, 2023.

Budak’s hiring marks a return to the City of Bakersfield after spending nearly two years serving as the Engineering and Groundwater Services Manager for the Kern County Water Agency in Bakersfield. Budak previously worked with the City of Bakersfield’s Water Resources department from December 2018 to September 2021. She also worked in the City’s Public Works Department in multiple roles – including as an Engineer for the Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) and later TRIP Manager – as well as various engineering positions in Salt Lake City, Utah, Peoria, Ariz., Decker, Mont., and Rock Springs, Wyo.

“I am looking forward to returning to the City of Bakersfield to join the leadership team and support
the City’s efforts to provide water to the City’s residents as the City continues to grow,” said Budak,
who carries a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering degree from Montana College of Mineral
Science and Technology in Butte, Mont. and is a Licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California. “As
a resident of Bakersfield, I value the services provided by the City that make Bakersfield a perfect
place to raise a family, enjoy local events and support our friends, neighbors and local high school
sports team.”

“I am excited to help the Water Resources Department continue to provide the best service to
residents and be proactive in decision making and creative when addressing challenges,” she added.
“The opportunities that I have had during my career have allowed me to have positive change and
influence on the community, which I hope to continue in my new role.”

“Kristina brings a wealth of experience both in the water industry as well as when it comes to the
City’s operations having worked here for almost three years previously,” City Manager Christian
Clegg said. “She’s very familiar with the City’s water rights ownership, and coming off a historic water
year in Bakersfield, we are very excited to have Kristina back to lead this crucial department.”

Budak succeeds Art Chianello as Water Resources Manager, who retired in September 2022 after 12
years leading the department.