Westlands hires ex-Bush official

The Westlands Water District is turning to a former Bush administration official to fight its legal battles.

Craig Manson, a law professor and former assistant secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is scheduled to start this summer as the district’s full-time general counsel, the district said.

Manson will be paid $185,000 a year, said Tom Birmingham, Westland’s general manager. Manson is a former state Supreme Court judge who now teaches at McGeorge School of Law.

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