Mayor Jackson Taps Experienced Water Professional to Lead the Cleveland Division of Water
July 29, 2011 at 12:25 AM EST - Updated June 24 at 9:28 PM
Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced today that he has selected Bernardo Garcia, an experienced public sector administrator and engineer, to lead the Cleveland Division of Water. As Commissioner, Garcia will lead the 1,100 employee water system that provides reliable, high quality water to 1.5 million consumers in Cleveland and 72 neighboring communities. Mr. Garcia will begin his tenure in mid-August.
"Mr. Garcia has the practical water service experience necessary to lead Cleveland Water; he understands public sector operations and values customer service," said Mayor Jackson. "He emphasized to me the importance of accountability and being responsive to all customers. Mr. Garcia is the right person to lead Cleveland Water at this time."
Garcia was selected from a pool of 22 candidates who were identified as a result of a nationwide search led by Slavin Management Consultants.
"It is an honor to be selected as the new Commissioner of Water and I look forward to serving Mayor Jackson, City Council, the staff, the citizens of the City of Cleveland and the larger community," said Mr. Garcia. "While there are challenges ahead, I view this as an excellent opportunity to address and resolve them."
Garcia, who will earn $175,000 per year, will work closely with a team of change management consultants hired earlier this year to help position CWD for long-term success.
"I am excited that we are bringing on an experienced industry professional to lead an organization that produces an exceptional product," said Barry Withers, Director of Public Utilities.