LCRA veteran Phillips to assume G.M. duties when Motal retires

November 20, 2013 01:30 PM

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors on Wednesday named Ross Phillips the organization’s interim general manager.

Phillips is one of two deputy general managers and oversees about three-fourths of LCRA’s 1,800 employees. He will assume the role of interim general manager on Jan. 1. LCRA’s current general manager, Becky Motal, announced in September that she is retiring on Dec. 31 after 2 ½ years as general manager and 27 years at LCRA.

The LCRA Board is conducting a search for a permanent replacement for Motal. The deadline for applications for the job was Nov. 15.

“This is an important job and the search for the right candidate shouldn’t be rushed,” said LCRA Board Chair Tim Timmerman. “Ross has had an outstanding career at LCRA and has earned the respect of the staff, the Board and our customers. We are very appreciative that Ross has agreed to assume responsibilities of the interim job to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.”

Phillips joined LCRA in 1990 as a computer programmer. In 1995 he was promoted to operations manager over LCRA’s electrical transmission services business. In 2000, he was promoted to executive manager of Transmission Services. Under Phillips’ management, LCRA Transmission Services Corporation grew to be the second largest transmission system in Texas.

On April 1, Motal named Phillips deputy general manager.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Troy State University and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Southwest Texas State University.

Phillips and his wife Susan have been married 25 years. They have three children, Michael, Andrew and Laura Phillips.