Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Steidel Named DPU Director

Bob Steidel

Chief Administrative Officer Byron C. Marshall announced that Robert Steidel has been selected to serve as director of Public Utilities, effective March 7. Steidel had served as interim director for the department since July 31, 2010, replacing Chris Beschler who had served as director of Public Utilities while also serving as deputy chief administrative officer of Operations.

Steidel was the deputy director for the Department of Public Utilities for more than seven years. Prior to beginning city service, he served as the environmental manager for the city of Hopewell’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; industrial surveillance supervisor for the Rock River Water Reclamation District in Rockford, Ill.; environmental health sanitarian for Winnebago County Department of Public Health in Rockford, Ill.; and biologist for Winona State University, Minn.

“Bob Stiedel has proven to be a valuable asset to the Department of Public Utilities and has provided excellent leadership in managing the stormwater utility,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We look forward to his continued expertise in providing utility services to the city and surrounding county residents, while protecting our region’s most treasured resource in the James River.”

Stiedel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winona State University, Minn., and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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