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Chief Counsel


Spencer Kenner

Spencer Kenner, Chief Counsel


Spencer Kenner was appointed Chief Counsel of the Department of Water Resources in February 2016. As Chief Counsel, he provides legal advice to the Department Director and management and oversees the Department's 40 attorneys. The Department’s legal office is responsible for a broad range of issues, including water rights, water transfers, energy law, flood management, integrated water management, dam safety, personnel, and state contracting.

Spencer was Assistant Chief Counsel beginning in 2013, Acting Chief Deputy in 2015, and Senior Staff Counsel from 2008 to 2013. He served as commission counsel at the California Water Commission, staff counsel at the Employment Training Panel and deputy general counsel at the California State Lottery. He also served as court counsel at Yolo County Superior Court, staff attorney at Empower Yolo, Deputy District Attorney at Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and Senior Associate at Downey Brand LLP.

Spencer earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University.

Contact Information:

California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1104
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 - 9th Street, Room 1104
Sacramento, CA 95814

Michele Acosta, Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 653-6223
Email Address: Michele.Acosta@water.ca.gov
Mailing Address: Same as above