Steve Appel has been an integral part of the Rubidoux Community Services District for more than 23 years (starting out in 1994 as the agency’s engineer) and has strong ties to government service. His father and grandfather spent their entire careers working for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works. The three have just over 100 years of combined public service.
As General Manager, Appel is responsible for managing all aspects of District operations.
A California native born in Los Angeles and raised in Orange County, Appel has lived in the Inland Empire for the last 32 years.
Prior to his employment with the District, Appel began his professional career as an engineer with Ameron, Inc. working with their corporate pipe group staff for almost five years. Subsequently, he was employed by the Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) as a civil engineer and project manager. During his tenure at WMWD, Appel managed numerous water-related capital improvement and development projects totaling millions of dollars. During his roughly two decades at the RCSD, Appel has managed, provided oversight, and been involved with every capital water and wastewater project the District has undertaken.
From 1992 until 2014, Appel also served in the United States Navy as an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. His service included two periods of active duty recall. In November 2014, he ended his distinguished military career and retired as a Commander with more than 22 years of service.
Appel has a Doctorate degree in Public Administration from California Baptist University, Riverside; a Masters degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a registered professional civil engineer and a certified water treatment and distribution operator.
In his spare time, Appel balances school work with volunteer work at his church, and is restoring his 1969 Chevy pickup truck. Appel and his wife, Diane, have been married for more than 35 years and have two grown children and two grandchildren.