Management Team

Casey Hashimoto, General Manager

Casey Hashimoto was appointed General Manager by the TID Board of Directors in March 2011. Under the policy-setting guidance of the District's elected Board, he directs the day-to-day operations of the District's extensive irrigation water storage and delivery system, as well as the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity within a 662 square-mile service area in Central California.

Reporting to Mr. Hashimoto is the Director of Human Resources, Director of External Affairs, Director of Water Resources and Regulator Affairs, Customer Service Department Manager, and five Assistant General Managers with business unit responsibility in water resources, power supply, financial services, electrical engineering and operations, as well as resource management, planning and rates.

Mr. Hashimoto was previously the Assistant General Manager of Electrical Engineering and Operations and held that title since 2001. He is a 30-year veteran of the District, and was responsible for spearheading the design and operation of District distribution lines, transmission lines, substation and communications projects. In addition, he managed various technical studies and manages customer contact for large commercial, industrial and residential development projects within the District.

During his career with TID, Mr. Hashimoto has worked on several major transmission line, substation and power plant projects. He has been involved in the permitting, design, construction and commissioning of these projects. He has served as the electric system protection engineer and has been the project manager on several substation projects.

Prior to joining TID, he worked in a family farming operation and in other agriculturally-related businesses.

Mr. Hashimoto is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and is a licensed professional electrical engineer in the state of California.

Larry Gilbertson, Assistant General Manager, Electrical Engineering and Operations

Larry Gilbertson joined the Turlock Irrigation District in May of 1988 and was appointed to his present position of Assistant General Manager, Electrical Engineering and Operations in March 2011.

Mr. Gilbertson, a 27-year veteran of the District, directs the planning, design and operation of the District's transmission lines, distribution lines, substations, and communications systems. He also manages various technical studies and oversees coordination with the District's large industrial and commercial customers in the design of new electric service facilities.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gilbertson held the position of Electrical Engineering Department Manager of Power and Communications Engineering. During his career with TID he has worked on several projects involving transmission lines, distribution lines and substation facilities. He has served as the District's transmission planning engineer and has acted as project manager for computer control systems and communication projects.

Prior to joining TID, he worked as an electrical engineer for the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) in the area of transmission and distribution planning. Prior to MID, he worked for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company as a transmission planning engineer.

Mr. Gilbertson is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He is also a licensed professional electrical engineer in the state of California.

Brian LaFollette, Assistant General Manager, Power Supply

Brian LaFollette was appointed Assistant General Manager, Power Supply in 2011. He is responsible for managing the District's internal and external power generation and supply resources, day-ahead/hour-ahead energy trading and scheduling, energy settlements and various interactions with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Mr. LaFollette also oversees the permitting, licensing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of power generation and related facilities.

Mr. LaFollette is also responsible for the long-term development and management of strategic solutions to the District's power supply. This includes renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission mandates, wholesale electric and gas transactions, wholesale transmission agreements, risk management in economic modeling, load forecasting and retail rates.

During his 31 years in the electric utility industry and 25 years at TID, Mr. LaFollette has been responsible for planning and engineering of distribution, transmission, and substation facilities and has managed engineering, design, and construction organizations. He has also represented the District to the public and to various agencies and customer groups in matters relating to electric facility construction and operation.

Prior to his engineering and management career, he worked in a local family agribusiness operation and as an electrician.

Mr. LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed professional electrical engineer in the State of California. He is a native to the Turlock area and is involved in local service and school organizations.

Joseph E. Malaski, Assistant General Manager, Financial Services, and CFO

Joseph Malaski joined the Turlock Irrigation District as its Assistant General Manager of Financial Services and CFO in August 2001.

Mr. Malaski directs the areas of Accounting & Finance, Information Services, and Materials Management. In his present capacity, he manages District and related assets of more than $600 million and gross annual revenue of more than $600 million.

Of his 43 years in the accounting business, 37 have been in the public utility industry. He served 13 years as chief financial officer of the public utility in Austin, Texas, and five years with the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was previously vice president of a privately owned CPA firm in Illinois.

Mr. Malaski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Tou Her, Assistant General Manager, Water Resources

Tou Her joined the Turlock Irrigation District in May 1997 and was appointed to his present position of Assistant General Manager, Water Resources in January 2013. He is responsible for the Civil Engineering, Water Distribution, Construction and Maintenance, and Transportation and Facilities departments, in addition to overseeing the Don Pedro Recreation Agency.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Her served as the Civil Engineering Department Manager, and was responsible for irrigation capital planning, engineering, and project management, irrigation geographic information system and SCADA, inspection of dams and other irrigation infrastructure, and survey/right-of-way. He has also managed many complex projects during his tenure at TID, including the Canal Office parking structure expansion and solar energy generation system, Walnut Energy Center’s water treatment plan microfiltration, and the civil design of many electrical substations.

Mr. Her holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the state of California.

Michelle Reimers, Assistant General Manager, External Affairs

Michelle Reimers joined the Turlock Irrigation District in August 2006 and was appointed to her present position of Assistant General Manager, External Affairs in September 2016. She is responsible for managing the strategic planning and development for the District’s communications, outreach, education and government affairs programs and initiatives. Mrs. Reimers regularly advises the General Manager on matters of public policy as well providing her counsel regarding the District’s opportunities and threats.

 Prior to her current position, Mrs. Reimers served as the District’s Director of External Affairs and Public Information Division Manager. In those capacities, Mrs. Reimers was responsible for the scoping, planning and implementation of high-profile projects such as: full redesigns of TID’s external and internal websites, the District’s first ever power online outage notification system for customers and the District’s 125th Anniversary Celebration and award-winning commemorative documentary film The Irrigationist.

 Mrs. Reimers advocates on TID’s behalf via several state and national professional organizations including the American Public Power Association, Public Relations Society of America, California Farm Bureau Federation and the Association of California Water Agencies. In addition, her involvement in local organizations and events include the National Ag Science Center’s Ag Hall of Fame Dinner, Vines Committee member for CSUS Alumni, Leadership Turlock and the Central Valley Public Relations Organization.

 Mrs. Reimers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from California State University Stanislaus and graduated Magna Cum Laude.