Col. William J. Leady
District Commander, Sacramento District
Colonel Bill Leady assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District in July 2010.
As the district engineer, Leady leads a diverse, professional staff of 1,150 engineers, architects, environmental scientists, project managers, construction managers, resource managers, planners, regulators, real estate and outdoor recreation specialists and other technical and administrative experts.
Through in-house work and by letting contracts to large and small businesses, the Sacramento District executes about $800 million a year on average in planning, design, construction and operation of projects to improve America’s water infrastructure, preserve natural resources and build facilities and infrastructure, as well as provide real estate services, for the U.S. Army and Air Force and other federal agencies. Under the Clean Water Act and related laws, the district has significant responsibilities for protecting the nation’s aquatic resources in all or part of five western states.
Additionally, Sacramento District operates ten major dams in California, which reduce flood risk and provide water storage, hydropower and recreation. The district’s area of responsibility includes all or part of eight western states, from California to Colorado.
Leady previously commanded the Corps’ Detroit District from 2006-2008. He has served in a variety of leadership positions with the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Drum, NY; and in Germany, Belgium and Korea. He has deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm (1991), Operation Restore Hope (Somalia - 1993), Operation Restore Democracy (Haiti - 1994), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan - 2005-06) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003 and 2008-09).
Leady holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master of science in environmental engineering from Purdue University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault courses, the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.