Board of Directors
(Left to right, Director Charlie Brewster, President Vince Smith, Director John Eminger, Vice President Bob Ludecke, Director Frank Howes)
Big Bear Municipal Water District is a California Special District governed by a five member board of directors with each director serving a 4-year term. The directors are elected by divisions equally balanced by the Valley’s latest census population. Elections are held every two years with elections for divisions 1, 2, and 3 open in the same year, and divisions 4 and 5 open in alternate even years. The offices of president and vice president are rotated annually by division.
Bob Ludecke was first elected to the BBMWD board in 1990 and served four consecutive four year terms, retiring in 2006. After an eight year hiatus he was elected again in 2014 to begin his fifth term. Bob and his family moved to Big Bear in 1978 and started Ludecke’s Electrical Service which is still in operation today. Bob has served the Big Bear community continuously since he arrived in Big Bear as a member and officer of the Elks Lodge, BBMWD Board member, volunteer/contributor for Habitat for Humanity, leader in his church, and many other projects and activities over the years.
Director Frank Howes took office in May 2017. He has been in the trades for forty years with his primary trade being Journeyman Industrial Electrician. He moved on to being a General Contractor after moving to Big Bear Lake in 1992 and built several houses and a hotel in the Big Bear area. Director Howes contracted to the DOD in Afghanistan supporting our troops during the war. He has also been involved with alternative energy since 1978 and has installed many solar systems. He volunteered for 16 years with the Civil Air Patrol in Big Bear Lake. Director Howes has always had an interest in our alpine community enjoying all the different activities and events Big Bear Lake has to offer.
Director Brewster was elected in 2014 and served as president in 2016.
Born and raised in the South Bay area of Southern California, he attended Palos Verdes High School. After completing his degree in Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly and later earning his MBA, Mr. Brewster worked for many years for Northrup on programs such as SR-71, Peacekeeper and B-2.
Director Brewster and his family have lived in Big Bear since 1992. They currently enjoy the view from their lakefront property on Eagle Point with their two children and grandchildren as neighbors. The family has owned the Robinhood Resort and Nottingham’s Tavern for more than 20 years.
Mr. Brewster has served as a Big Bear Lake City Planning Commissioner, President of the Village Business Association, Director of the Visitor Bureau, and a member of the Rotary Club.
Charlie can be found most mornings on Big Bear Lake enjoying his wooden boats.
Director Eminger took office in 2001 and served as president in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2017. A long time resident of Big Bear, he moved here as a boy with his family in 1943 when they opened Bear Valley Market. Eminger graduated from Big Bear High School in 1952. While in high school, he joined Big Bear’s own 140th tank battalion National Guard and was activated and eventually fought in Korea. He was discharged a Master Sergeant and then spent the next 30 years in the family market business. He then opened and ran Eminger’s Mountain Greenery Nursery for 20 years. John Eminger was elected the first mayor of the City of Big Bear Lake and served on the city council for 8 years. After being re-elected for another 4-year term in 2009, Mr. Eminger declared the MWD board “The best board in the Valley!”
Director Smith took office in 2005 and served as president in 2008 and 2013. Smith has been a resident of Big Bear for over 30 years and is the owner of Riffenburgh Lumber Company. He has been a member of the Rotary Club for 10 years and the Big Bear Contractors Advisory Board for 2 years. Vince Smith was also proud to serve as the construction coordinator for the building of Big Bear’s Veterans Park.