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College Park's New Director of Public Works

Posted on 06/25/2021

Melissa Echevarria

The City of College Park is pleased to announce Melissa Echevarria to its leadership team as Director of Public Works, effective July 6, 2021.

 

Melissa is no stranger to public works/water, sewer, and stormwater.   She has over 15 years of experience in the environmental compliance industry, working for and with a diverse range of organizations from grassroots non-profit, state of Georgia, federal and city government. Past occupations include Wastewater Water Quality Lab Analyst, Water Quality Sampler, Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control Specialist, Environmental Compliance Inspector, Commercial Pretreatment Coordinator, and Environmental Compliance Manager.

 

Melissa is the former Water and Sewer Director from the City of East Point, where she dedicated ten years of service in Water Sewer/Public Works. In this role, she coordinated a team of environmental, water, and sewer staff in the following areas; administrative, backflow, environmental compliance, meter repair, meter readers, water line, sewer line, water treatment, stormwater, commercial pretreatment, and technical engineering services. Her accomplishments include:

 

  • Being awarded the City of East Point WaterFirst Accreditation (2017);
  • Establishing the city’s first Adopt-A-Stream Program;
  • Obtaining Georgia Environmental Finance Authority reduced rate interest loans totaling $5.4 Million for water and sewer infrastructure;
  • Being a partner with the United States Environmental Workforce Development Training Grant $132,400, and Community Development Block Grant funding $400,000 for water system improvements;
  • Completion of multi-million-dollar Capital Improvements for water plant renovations, water distribution, and sewer repairs/ rehabilitation;
  • Partnering with the community for stream cleanups, storm drain education, stenciling, and environmental education.

 

During her tenure, she created new emergency procedures and SOP’s to reduce service

disruption times and improved efficiency. Melissa has a proven track record of promoting staff within the department and providing her team with certifications and educational opportunities to enhance service delivery to residents.

 

Melissa holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the American Military University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of West Georgia, and a Managing Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, Melissa holds various certifications in Water and Sewer management.  

 

Melissa is an advocate for inclusion for youth and adults with special needs and physical disabilities in her spare time.  Melissa will begin her new role on July 6, 2021.