Debby Cherney

Deputy General Manager
Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, California

Debby Cherney is the Deputy General Manager at the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD).  In this capacity, Debby’s oversight includes approximately 200 employees and responsibility for all administrative services including finance, information systems, human resources, customer service, purchasing and contract management, safety and risk management.

Prior to joining EMWD, Debby was the Executive Director of Finance and Administrative Services at Irvine Ranch Water District in Irvine, California for seven years and spent 15 years prior to that in management consulting, working with public agencies and private companies.  She is the Co-Chair of the GFOA Women’s Public Finance Network, and Chairman of the GFOA’s advisory Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration.

Debby is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.