The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) Board approved an agreement with Mr. Bernard Lindstrom to assume the duties of interim executive director. Mr. Lindstrom will assume this key leadership and management role for an organization that provides water and sewage services to approximately 300,000 customers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. He will report directly to the PWSA board of directors. Mr. Lindstrom comes to the PWSA from the United States Army after attaining the rank of Colonel and 25 years of service to our Nation. Since 2013, he has served as CEO/Commander and District Engineer for the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Lindstrom will succeed David L. Donahoe whose six month appointment ended August 31, 2016.
Speaking for the Board, PWSA Chair Alex Thomson said “We are very fortunate to have found an individual to lead PWSA in this interim period with Mr. Lindstrom's experience and capabilities. He not only has engineering and administrative expertise, but also a career record of leadership in water infrastructure construction and management. We are confident of his ability to run the organization effectively and to assist the board in our commitment to improve PWSA.” Mr. Thomson said that Board is still determining the process to find a permanent executive director.
Mr. Lindstrom said that “As a native of Western Pennsylvania and because of my recent work, I am fully aware of the value our local waterways bring to the region and the importance of the region’s water and sewer providers to the public. I look forward to joining a team of experts that provide water and wastewater services that meet or exceed all regulations and customer expectations at the lowest possible cost."
Mr. Lindstrom was born in Monroeville and currently lives in Upper St. Clair. As a limited term independent contractor, he is not bound by the Authority’s city residency policy. However, this policy will continue to apply for anyone seeking the permanent position.
Mr. Lindstrom was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers through the Reserve Officers Training Corps after studies at the Georgia Military College. His key executive posts with the Corps of Engineers include CEO/Commander of the Nashville District, Chief of Plans and Operations for United States Forces in Korea and Executive Director and Executive Director for the Civil Works Directorate, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington D.C.
In addition to his work at the Georgia Military College, Mr. Lindstrom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mercer University is Macon, Georgia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle. He has received a number of service related awards and decorations.
The Corps of Engineers was founded as part of the original continental army and has served ever since as the engineering resource for the military as well as for major civil public works projects. Today it has 37,000 employees including many civilians and is known a leader and partner in improving the environment through engineering. The Pittsburgh District’s responsibility includes 328 miles of navigable waterways spanning some 26,000 square miles in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. For additional information on the Corps local activities, visit http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/
Mr. Lindstrom will join the Authority full time on September 12, 2016. He will be compensated at the rate of $16,667 per month.
Robert Weimer, PWSA’s current Director of Engineering and Construction, will serve as acting Executive Director from September 1st until Mr. Lindstrom assumes the post.