On Friday, September 26, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced that Paul Bender, Director of Public Utilities submitted his resignation effective October 7, 2014.
He has held the position since March 2013 and was hired after serving as a consultant for a major customer service turnaround project for the Division of Cleveland Water.
"I want to thank Mr. Bender for his service to the City of Cleveland," said Mayor Jackson. "His work as a consultant and then director was critical to improving customer service in the Division of Water, the implementation of the automated meter reading program and putting the Division on track to be able to potentially not raise water rates for five years beginning in 2015."
"My time with the City of Cleveland has been challenging and rewarding and I am grateful to Mayor Jackson for the opportunity to serve as director," said Bender. "I have been presented an opportunity to help the nation of Botswana consolidate all water and waste water services to the national level. This is a unique opportunity that I cannot pass up."
An acting director will be named in the near future while a search is conducted for a full-time replacement.