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City of Toledo hires manager to oversee water improvements

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TOLEDO, OH (Press Release) -

The City of Toledo has hired Warren E. Henry, P.E., as program manager to oversee completion of water system improvements benefiting City and regional customers.

Effective Aug. 18, Henry will coordinate and oversee the program of projects currently underway at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

"This is a complex endeavor," said Henry. "The efficient and timely completion of this work will happen through a collaborative process with community leaders, professionals, and regulatory agencies engaged in this effort."

Henry has extensive experience working with civic infrastructure projects. Most recently he was vice president of transportation at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) where he was responsible for development of multi-billion dollar transportation plans serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. He previously worked for the City of Toledo from 2006-2007 as the Commissioner of Engineering Services. Before entering the public sector, Henry had a 30-year career as a consulting engineer managing offices as a principal in multiple states offering transportation, water, wastewater, and environmental and architectural services. Several projects completed under his direction received recognition for their innovative designs or construction methods.

Henry has been recognized as 2004 Engineer of the Year by the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers and Technical Society of Toledo, and 2003 Engineer of the Year by the Toledo Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

"The improvements to our water infrastructure are important to our city and our entire region, and Warren's oversight of the program will ensure it is completed on time and on budget," said Mayor D. Michael Collins. "Commissioner Tim Murphy and his staff will manage the plant on a daily basis, focusing exclusively on the production of quality water to the residents of our region, while Warren facilitates and manages the larger program of infrastructure improvements."

The work underway at Collins Park includes $264 million in upgrades supported by rate increases that were approved by city council in 2013. The scope of work includes equipment replacement, structural improvements, electrical upgrades and capacity expansion. When complete in 2019, the plant will be a leading-edge water treatment facility with a capacity of 160 million gallons per day.

"There is a good team in place and a clear plan," said Henry. "I'm very pleased to join this effort. Safe, clean water is critical and this work will ensure we have the best infrastructure to provide it long into the future."

Henry starts work Monday, Aug. 18. His salary will be $84,000.

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