Buckhorn Appoints Brad Baird as Administrator of Public Works and Utility Services

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today the appointment of Brad Baird as Administrator of Public Works and Utility Services. Baird replaces outgoing Administrator Mike Herr.

"Brad has spent his entire career in service to the residents of Tampa working in a variety of capacities. From stormwater to wastewater, I doubt there is anyone who knows more about the City of Tampa’s utilities systems than Brad," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "He has proven himself to be proactive and solutions oriented, and I have great faith in his leadership."

Baird has served as the City of Tampa's Water Director since 2006. In his capacity as director, Baird has spearheaded a 5-year water pipeline replacement program, the Lower Hillsborough River minimum flows program, reclaimed water system expansion, and several reorganizations to reduce costs and improve customer service.

Prior to his appointment as Water Director, Baird served as the Deputy Director for the Wastewater Department, overseeing an Optimization Program that saved the City over $10 million. He also served as Project Manager for over $250 million worth of wastewater, stormwater, and reclaimed water capital improvements. In total, Baird has worked for the City of Tampa for more than 31 years.

Baird graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida. He will serve as Interim Administrator until his appointment is confirmed by Tampa City Council.