on December 31, 2011 by admin in Cleveland, Comments (0)

Cleveland fires city water commissioner – WKYC

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CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland today announced that it has terminated the probationary employment of Bernardo Garcia as the Commissioner of the Cleveland Division of Water.

In a statement, the city said the "decision is based on the lack of alignment between the City of Cleveland and Department of Public Utilities' goals and objectives and Mr. Garcia's expectations of the position."

"Cleveland Water is one of the most important assets for our entire region and has been for more than 150 years. The City has worked hard to create a clear road map for the future of CWD, based on our outstanding product and track record of improving our business operations and customer service," said Mayor Jackson.

"The recent reorganization of our public utilities department has given us that road map, and it's important that the person tasked with leading CWD down that path is the right fit."

Alex Margevicius has been appointed as Acting Commissioner of CWD. Margevicius has been employed by CWD since 1985, serving most recently as the head of CWD's engineering section.

Garcia was the former interim director of the Kansas City Water Department who left the job after 14 months in May 2010. He was named to the Cleveland post back in July 2011.

He was paid $175,000 in Cleveland and started here in mid-August.

Garcia replaced J. Christopher Nielson, who retired in December 2010.

Cleveland's Water Department serves 1.5 million customers in 70 communities in five counties.

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