ECWA Appoints Stoll as Executive Director

Stoll has been Water Authority's executive engineer since 2016

Tom Puckett
September 05, 2019 - 2:15 pm

Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) The Erie County Water Authority appoints Russell Stoll as its new executive director. Stoll, a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) who has been with ECWA since 2012 and has served as its executive engineer since 2016, was selected after an extensive national search over several months.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Stoll as our new executive director,” said ECWA Chairman Jerome Schad. “After an exhaustive process led by a professional executive search firm, the board of commissioners felt very strongly that he was the best person for the job. There were several highly qualified candidates, but Mr. Stoll’s knowledge of ECWA’s operations and vast experience overseeing our significant infrastructure investment program put him well atop the pool of potential candidates.”

According to Schad, ECWA will complete $41 million in infrastructure upgrades in 2019 and expend well in excess of $200 million over the next five years, the largest infrastructure investment program in ECWA history.

As executive director, Stoll will be responsible for the overall management of ECWA’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing its treatment, distribution, and storage facilities and its infrastructure investment program. He will report directly to the board of commissioners.

“I’m honored to be named ECWA’s executive director and look forward to using my 38 years of private and public sector experience as a professional engineer and my seven years at ECWA to help lead the organization in the direction that has been set by the current board of commissioners,” said Stoll.

“Over the past year, this board of commissioners has taken very proactive measures to improve ECWA’s operations and is committed to strategic planning and system-wide infrastructure upgrades, which will directly benefit our customers.  I look forward to working with the commissioners in my new role to expand on their efforts.”

Prior to ECWA, Stoll was a professional engineer at several Western New York based engineering and environmental consulting firms and served as director of engineering at the NFTA.  He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in Erie Community College’s Construction Management and Civil Technology departments.


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