Chris Cave

Wastewater Collection/Flood Control Manager

I came to the Wastewater Treatment Facility in 1990 after serving as a Pavement Specialist/Equipment Operator in the U.S. Air Force. I provided support for air refueling and Titan II missile operations at McConnell Air Force Base.

I was propelled to Wastewater Collection by previous experience with civil engineering and my desire to serve the community. As a trainee, I surrounded myself with good mentors and worked my way to the management position I have now. I hope to be an example to those starting their career that you can succeed up the ladder with hard work and dedication.

The best part of my job is the team here at WWTF. I have a great division staff and enjoy my working relationships with everyone. The hardest part of my job is keeping up with ever-changing regulations and demands without increasing staff levels.

We are committed to providing the very best service and support to our Santa Cruz customers. Wastewater tends to be out of sight/out of mind and our goal is to keep it that way.

Cooking is a big hobby of mine. In fact, I catered for seven years with Old Texas BBQ Company. Ribs and tri-tip were our specialty that everyone loved.

I have been married for nine years with three step-daughters ages 22, 20 and 18. We have solar on our home and love our annual electric bill that is less than $250.