Finance Team

The Las Vegas Valley Water District's bond financing program is managed by the office of the CFO.

John Entsminger

John Entsminger

General Manager

John J. Entsminger oversees the operations of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, which serves more than 375,000 customer accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which is responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve 2 million residents and more than 40 million annual visitors. He was appointed general manager by both agencies' Boards of Directors in January 2014, having previously served as director of environmental and water resource law and senior deputy general manager. Entsminger joined the organization in 1999 as an attorney.

Entsminger has spent his career addressing the unique water challenges facing Southern Nevada. He has been instrumental in developing inter basin and international agreements protecting Lake Mead water elevations, including the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines and Minute 319 and Minute 323 to the 1944 U.S. - Mexico Water Treaty. In April 2014, he was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve as Nevada's lead negotiator on Colorado River matters.

On the national front, Entsminger serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the Water Research Foundation, and the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board of Trustees.

Committed to public involvement, Entsminger works closely with a committee of community stakeholders tasked with making recommendations on issues related to funding, planning and facilities construction and maintenance. These recommendations will guide future organizational initiatives, including a renewed commitment to maintaining its vast water systems.

Entsminger is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and of the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was awarded the Charles N. Woodruff Natural Resources Law Fellowship. He and his family have been in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years.

Kevin Bethel

Kevin Bethel

Chief Financial Officer

E. Kevin Bethel is the Chief Financial Officer for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

As the chief financial officer, Bethel is responsible for all financial functions, including debt management, capital planning, financial reporting, budgeting as well as water rates and charges for both agencies, which collectively serve more than 2 million residents and 40 million annual visitors in Southern Nevada.

Bethel has served in a financial leadership capacity in the utility industry, both regulated and non-regulated, for nearly 30 years. Before joining the Water Authority and Water District in 2018, Bethel was the senior vice president and chief financial officer at NV Energy from 2013 until 2018. Bethel joined NV Energy in 2007 as vice president and chief accounting officer.

Before moving to Nevada, Bethel served as assistant controller for American Electric Power, Inc. in Ohio. Prior experience includes key accounting management positions with The Williams Company, Central & South West Services, and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Bethel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University, and he holds his certified public accounting certificate from Oklahoma. Since 2008, Bethel has served as a board member of Opportunity Village, and he is the board’s past treasurer and past audit committee chair. He also served as a Las Vegas Metro Chamber Trustee from late 2013 through September 2018.

An Oklahoma native, Bethel and his wife, Sherry, have lived in Las Vegas since 2007.

Tabitha Fiddyment

Tabitha Fiddyment

Director of Legal Services

Tabitha Fiddyment joined the Southern Nevada Water Authority in 2014. Before joining SNWA, Fiddyment was a partner at a local Las Vegas law firm. Her primary practice areas were administrative law, licensing, land use and zoning, and hospitality law. Fiddyment received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada Reno, in 1999. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, in 2003. While in law school, Fiddyment was a member of the moot court negotiations team that led her school to the National Finals, placing in the top 10. Fiddyment was extremely active in the law school and received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School Community.

Fiddyment has spoken on several occasions at seminars regarding land use law and development issues in Nevada. She has been quoted in the Urban Land Institute publication and has published articles in the Clark County Bar Association Journal and the State Bar of Nevada’s Gaming Law Section Newsletter.

Fiddyment has received the following honors:

  • Best Lawyers in America® in Government Relations Practice – 2013, 2014 and 2015, Land Use & Zoning Law – 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Recognized in 40 Under 40 in Southern Nevada by VEGAS Inc. for 2014.
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Land Use/Zoning – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • AV®Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubble® Peer Review Rating.™
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars – 2014.

Matt Chorpening

Matt Chorpening

Assistant Chief Financial Officer

Matt Chorpening became the Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District in 2016 after serving as Financial Services Manager. He previously worked as Senior Financial Analyst and Risk Manager since starting with the LVVWD and the SNWA in 2008. Prior to joining the organization, he specialized in financial analyses in various areas, most notably within the real estate sector. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Accounting Manager

Robert Smith joined the Las Vegas Valley Water District as Accounting Manager in September 2012.  Smith oversees general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable including federal and state grant accounting, payroll, inventory and fixed asset system records, cash management and investments as well as the preparation of the LVVWD Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  Smith also oversees accounting services for the Big Bend Water District, Kyle Canyon, and Coyote Springs water systems and three rural systems that are part of the LVVWD.  He also is responsible for accounting services for the Las Vegas Valley Water District Retirement Plan.    

Prior to joining the LVVWD, Smith spent five years as the Chief Financial Officer for Olympia Gaming.  His previous experience includes senior financial management positions with the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Station Casinos and the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Smith earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  Smith is a Certified Management Accountant.