William Gianelli

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William Gianelli

William Gianelli (born 1919) was United States Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) from 1981 to 1984.

Biography[edit]

William Gianelli was born in Stockton, California on February 19, 1919.[1] He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a B.S. in 1941.[2] He then served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1941 to 1945, in the midst of World War II.[1] In this capacity, he was involved in building airfields, water supply facilities, and other construction projects at installations in Hawaii, Saipan, Okinawa, and Korea.[2] By the end of the war, he had attained the rank of Major.[2]

After the war, in January 1946, Gianelli took a job in the office of the State Engineer of California.[2] After ten years in that job, he left for the California Department of Water Resources, becoming staff engineer and special assistant to the director.[1] In 1959, he became district engineer for the CDWR's southern district.[1]

In 1960, Gianelli left government service and formed a consulting engineering firm, Gianelli & Murray.[1]

In January 1967, Governor of California Ronald Reagan appointed Gianelli as head of the California Department of Water Resources.[2] In that capacity, he oversaw the development of the California State Water Project.[2]

Gianelli again left government service in 1973, becoming a consulting engineer.[2] From 1973 to 1976, he served on the National Commission on Water Quality appointed by President of the United States Richard Nixon and chaired by Nelson Rockefeller.[1]

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Gianelli as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and, after Senate Confirmation, he held this office from April 1981 until May 1984.[1] He was chairman of the Panama Canal Commission, the last four years under special Congressional Authorization.[3]

Gianelli continued to work as a consultant after leaving government service in 1984.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g President Reagan's Nomination of Gianelli as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Water Resources - An Interview with William R. Gianelli
  3. ^ a b Profile from the Department of the Army

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Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Blumenfeld
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
April 1981 – May 1984
Succeeded by
Robert K. Dawson