Directors are elected by the District’s ratepayers to serve three-year terms. Any qualified District elector may run to serve a three-year term as one of the five members of the Kennewick Irrigation District Board of Directors. The terms are staggered so that at least one position is up for election each year.

Arland Ward

Arland Ward currently serves on the Operations & Engineering Committee
Kirk Rathbun


Mr. Rathbun owns farm land he leases out. He is also a land developer, and water purveyor in Benton County. Mr. Rathbun serves on the Finance Committee
Gene Huffman

Mr. Huffman has an educational background in Agriculture and has owned and operated a farm raising alfalfa, apples and onions. He worked as an electrical troubleshooter and service manager dealing with all phases of irrigation from design to implementation, as a heavy-duty mechanic and as a realtor. He served 20 years on a rural school board. Mr. Huffman serves on the Realty Committee.
David McKenzie

Vice President

Mr. McKenzie owned and operated a John Deere dealership. He now manages his family farm raising cherries, grapes, hay and cattle. Mr. McKenzie chairs the Operations and Engineering Committee and serves on the Realty Committee.
Raman Venkata

Mr. Venkata grew up in Kavali, A.P, a small town in South India and came to the United States in 1968 for Graduate Studies in Engineering. Mr. Venkata has an extensive educational background in Engineering and is currently a retired Professional Civil Engineer, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE). He has professional engineering experience working for various Engineering Corporations, most recently retiring from the US Department of Energy. Mr. Venkata is a Contributing Member of various ASCE National Standards Committees, and is an Adjunct Professor in Washington State University, Richland, WA. Mr. Venkata serves on the Finance Committee