Monday, August 2, 2010

Robert Steidel Appointed Interim Director

Department of Public Utilities Deputy Director Robert Steidel has been named interim director while a national search for a permanent director is underway.

Director Chris Beschler, who has been serving as a deputy chief administrative officer of Operations for the city of Richmond, will continue in that position, overseeing the departments of Public Utilities, Public Works, the Richmond Animal Care and Control agency, and the 3-1-1 Call Center.

Steidel has been with the Department of Public Utilities since 2003, overseeing the water, stormwater, and wastewater utilities, directing a staff of 187 and managing a $30 million annual operating budget and $100 million biennial capital budget. Prior to coming to Richmond, he was the environmental manager and assistant director for the City of Hopewell's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. He's also worked for the Rock River Water Reclamation District in Rockford, Ill., the Winnebago County Department of Public Health in Rockford, and Winona State University in Minnesota.

He is the current president of the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies and chairs the National Association of Clean Water Agencies Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee. He is a board member of the James River Basin Association and the Wet Weather Partnership, and treasurer of the Virginia Water Environment Association.

He has a master of public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor's in biology and chemistry from Winona State University.

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