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Michael Stuhr, Bureau Director, is responsible for the ongoing operation of the Bureau, as well as security, long-range planning, organization development, facilitation of regional partnerships, and coordination with governments and regulators. Mr. Stuhr joined the Bureau in 2003. He was the Director of Maintenance and Construction during his first two years. For the past ten years, Mike served as the Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer, responsible for overall management of engineering, its support functions, and administration of the CIP including planning, design, and construction as well as emergency management. Mr. Stuhr has over 30 years of experience leading and managing a wide variety of engineering activities and more than 10 years as a senior executive with state, federal, and international experience managing multi-million dollar environmental, water resource, and facilities engineering programs. He is a registered professional Civil Engineer. Mr. Stuhr has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Davis. Click here to access the bureau director's quarterly calendar.

Gabriel Solmer, Deputy Director, joined the Bureau in 2015 as the Communications Director and was promoted to her current role in September, 2016. Prior to coming to the Bureau, Ms. Solmer served as Chief of Policy for David Alvarez, a San Diego Councilmember. Before that she was the Legal Director and Executive Director for San Diego Coastkeeper, a nonprofit focused on water quality issues. Ms. Solmer has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of California at San Diego. She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Edward Campbell, Director of Resource Protection and Planning, is responsible for resource protection and planning, including coordination with federal, state and local partners on source protection efforts for both of the Bureau's drinking water sources, long-term planning and policy development work, compliance with environmental regulations, and leading the Bureau's regulatory compliance efforts for the LT2 Rule and the federal Endangered Species Act. He joined the Bureau in 2004 as an assistant to the Administrator and was selected to lead the Resource Protection and Planning Group in August 2005. Prior to coming to the Bureau, Mr. Campbell served as a senior policy advisor, sustainability coordinator and chief of staff to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and before that as communications director for Multnomah County Chair Beverly Stein. Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia.

Teresa Elliott, Director of Engineering, is responsible for overall management of engineering, its support functions, and administration of the CIP including planning, design, and construction as well as emergency management. Ms. Elliott joined the Bureau in 1996 and was previously a principal engineer in charge of the LT2 Storage Program. Ms. Elliott has 30 years of experience leading and managing a wide variety of engineering activities. She is a registered professional Civil Engineer. Ms. Elliott has Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

Cecelia Huynh, Director of Finance and Support Services, manages financial planning, budgeting, rate setting, accounting, and support services. Ms. Huynh has been working in the Water Bureau since 1990. She joined the Finance & Support Services Group in 2002 as the budget manager, then served as the finance manager beginning in 2008, and was appointed as the finance director in 2012. Ms. Huynh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management from Portland State University, Oregon.

Kathryn Koch, Director of Customer Services, is responsible for the overall management of customer services including account services, billing and collection, quality assurance, meter reading, meter maintenance and repair, and data processing. Ms. Koch joined the Bureau in 1990. She serves as a member of the National American Water Works Association Customer Service Committee, the Pacific Northwest Customer Service Committee and is founding member and board member of the international Water Customer Care Forum. Ms. Koch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Ms. Koch has received the AWWA Pacific NW Section Heart and Soul Award and the AWWA National Management and Leadership Division Exceptional Service Award.

Ty Kovatch, Director of Maintenance and Construction, is responsible for overall management of maintenance, construction and support functions, including repair and maintenance of the distribution system, maintenance management system, purchasing and stores operation, fleet, and apprentice programs. Mr. Kovatch joined the City of Portland in 2002 where he served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Randy Leonard, who has overseen the Portland Water Bureau since 2005. Mr. Kovatch also served as Interim Director of Portland’s construction and land use permitting Bureau of Development Services, and joined the Portland Water Bureau in 2012. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pacific University.

Chris Wanner, Director of Operations, is responsible for management of operations and maintenance of the Bull Run and groundwater supply systems, including treatment, compliance, water quality, laboratory analyses, transmission, terminal storage, pump stations and tanks, system analysis, and the SCADA system. He has State of Oregon certifications at the highest levels for both Water Distribution (WD4) and Water Treatment (WT4) and is the bureau’s Direct Responsible Charge for compliance. He is a veteran Non-Commissioned Officer with the US Army and maintains his State of Oregon electrical license. Mr. Wanner has been the Incident Commander on multiple large scale events and is the current vice-chair of ORWARN. Mr. Wanner was appointed as Director of Operations in 2005.