Chief Operating Officer

Tampa Bay Water
Tampa. FL

Chief Operating Officer, Tampa Bay Water, FL


Tampa Bay Water provides wholesale water to 2.5 million residents in the Tampa Bay region of the Gulf Coast of Florida. The agency has a talented, committed staff and an engaged Board leadership and is seeking a forward-thinking, effective leader to be its next Chief Operating Officer to lead the agency's Water Production Division.


Tampa Bay Water is seeking a Chief Operating Officer who is an outstanding leader, strategic thinker, and understands the complexities of running a large water supply system. The ideal candidate will balance the day-to-day oversight of the Water Production Division with the need to be an active member of the agency's Executive Team helping to move the agency forward toward the strategic direction set by the Board and General Manager. The Chief Operating Officer will be a big picture thinker who understands the core mission of the agency is to reliably provide clean, safe water and the Water Production Division's responsibilities toward achieving that mission. Importantly, the successful candidate will have a can-do approach to problem solving and will strive to understand agency and member governments' system needs and search for solutions that meet all parties' needs.


The ideal candidate need not be a degreed engineer but will possess a thorough knowledge of the principles and processes of utility operations and administration, best practices, budget preparation, finance, policy formation, strategic planning, public engagement and quality management. Qualified candidates will have at least 10 years of experience in and comprehensive knowledge of water utility operations and infrastructure management including five years of progressively responsible experience to include demonstrated leadership abilities in water treatment and/or wastewater treatment systems or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience in a managerial capacity, asset management, process implementation, and developing, implementing and maintaining effective policies to improve efficiency. The successful candidate must possess strong communication and presentation skills.


The salary range for the position is $132,000 to $208,000. To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to by May 9, 2022. Questions should be directed to Stephen Sorrell at (513) 317-0678, or to Colin Baenziger at (561) 707-3537. For more information, go to and click on “Executive Search / Active Recruitments.