SAN JOSE -- City officials named insider Kerrie Romanow as San Jose's new director of the environmental services department, which she has led for the past year as it oversees services for wastewater, drinking water, trash and recycling collection.
"Over the past year Kerrie has demonstrated the leadership and vision we need for this critically important department," City Manager Debra Figone said in a statement Tuesday.
The City Council ratified the appointment Tuesday morning.
Romanow has been serving as acting director of the department since July 2011, when former Director John Stufflebean left for a similar job in Sunnyvale.
Romanow began her career in San Jose in 2006 as assistant director of environmental services, the second-highest position in the department. Before that she worked for Sunnyvale-based consulting firm Environmental and Occupational Risk Management Inc., Filtronic Solid State in Santa Clara and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Figone made the appointment following a national search and after soliciting comment from employees, business and environmental organizations and other agencies.
Romanow said in a statement that she was "honored" to be chosen for the job and where she will "continue to work with an outstanding team of employees and partners who are strongly committed to protecting and improving environmental quality for our community."
"My experience in both the public and
The Environmental Services Department has more than 500 employees and an annual operating budget of $212 million.
As acting director, Romanow oversaw the development of a long-term improvement plan for the San Jose-Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant. The program is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion over the next decade to renovate and replace critical infrastructure serving six local cities.
A San Jose resident, Romanow earned a bachelor's degree in environmental economics and policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. Her base pay in 2011 was $161,327, and city officials said her annual salary as director will be $188,000.
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