Leadership

Leadership

Cleveland Water’s executive team believes in building and sustaining the communities we serve. We are committed to providing our customers with excellent service and a superior product.


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Robert L. Davis

Director, Department of Public Utilities

As Director of the City of Cleveland's Department of Public Utilities, Robert L. Davis is responsible for management and oversight of more than 1,700 employees, a budget of more than $570 million, and all operations within the Divisions of Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, and Utilities Fiscal Control, as well as the City-wide Office of Radio Communications and Cleveland’s public access channel, TV20.

Before taking the position of Director in May 2015, Davis served the City of Warren, Ohio as the Director of Utility Services. In this role, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of Water, Sewer, Sanitation, and Water Pollution Control. Additionally, Davis oversaw Distribution Collections systems, Customer Service and Billing for each of these divisions.

Davis has a strong foundation of both administrative and hands on experience having risen through the ranks throughout his 28-year career as a utility professional. He holds a Class IV Water License and has been a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for more than 25 years. He is currently the Past Chair of the Ohio Section of AWWA in addition to having served five years on the Ohio Governing Board. Davis has also served as Chair of the Membership Committee for the Ohio Section and works very closely with the Young Professionals, Diversity, Strategic Planning, and Finance and Audit committees. During his career, Davis has received numerous accolades and published many articles. He is an active member of his community and continues to serve on many boards and as a member of community-based organizations.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University where he played linebacker for the WVU Mountaineers participating in the Peach, Gator, Hall of Fame and Bluebonnet Bowls. In 2015, he was inducted into Warren High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

Debra Mitchell

Interim Assistant Director, Department of Public Utilities

As Interim Director of the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities, Debra Mitchell is responsible for assisting the Director with overseeing all of the operations within the Divisions of Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, and Utilities Fiscal Control, the City-wide Office of Radio Communications and Cleveland’s public access channel, TV20

With over 18 years of executive leadership experience, Mitchell has served in many executive leadership capacities for the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU). Before taking on her newly appointed position, Mitchell served as Public Utilities’ Customer Account Services Administrative Bureau Manager in 2015, which included oversight of the Call Center, Credit & Collections, Permits & Sales, and Billing Services.  She held the interim position of Manager of Credit & Collections for the Department in 2014, as well as a Business Analysist at Cleveland Water from 2012 to 2014. Mitchell managed the Meter Service Operations Center at Cleveland Public Power for several years and served as a Comptroller for Cleveland Public Power, where she began her service for the City of Cleveland in 1999.  In addition to Mitchell’s accomplished leadership and management roles in the public and private sector, she has a successful track record in project management and also served as an executive leader for the City of Columbus as a Utilities Revenue Manager.

As a Cleveland resident, Mitchell actively serves as a member of the American Water Works Association and is a lifetime member of the Black MBA Association.  Among her civic engagements, Debra serves as a board member for the Ramah Academy Alumni Association.

Debra graduated from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and furthered her education with a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Following graduation, Debra worked in the private sector for a number of years in various capacities of accounting, business management, and vice presidency with M K Ferguson, and Chase Manhattan Bank, respectively.  

Dr. Jason A. Wood

Chief of Public Affairs, Department of Public Utilities

As Chief of Public Affairs for the Department of Public Utilities, Dr. Jason A. Wood is responsible for communications, legislation, community outreach, and government affairs.  He also advises the Director on internal and external policy and process matters. Prior to this appointment, Wood worked on Cleveland Water’s Customer Service Turnaround Project as Deputy Project Manager, taking the lead on communication issues to ensure that employees, customers, and governmental partners were kept informed about the status and progress of the Turnaround Project. He played a vital role in helping Cleveland Water complete the Turnaround Project and implement the Automated Meter Reading Project. Both of these projects have improved call center performance, helped deliver 99% of all bills on time, increased meter reading accuracy, and improved revenue collection.

Previously, Wood worked in two city administrations, including serving as Special Assistant to Mayor Frank G. Jackson for Policy and Research. Additionally, Wood spent several years as a graduate adjunct instructor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati.

Wood holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD) with a focus on American Politics and Quantitative Research Methods from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Wood holds a Master of Applied Politics from the University of Akron and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University.

Hernando Harge

Chief of Human Resources, Department of Public Utilities

As Chief of Human Resources for the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Hernando Harge is responsible for all human resource management, including HR Administration, Hiring and Staffing, Labor Relations, Training and Development, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits and Organizational Planning & Development to ensure compliance with regulations concerning Occupational Health & Safety.

Hernando Harge has over 20 years of Human Resources and Labor Relations experience, working at the Ohio Lottery Commission (1993-1998), City of Cleveland, (1998-2002) (2013-Present) and the American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) (2002-2013).

While serving as a Staff Representatives for the AFSCME, Harge conducted trainings, arbitrations, mediations, fact findings and established strategic plans for negotiations. As Labor Relations Manager, he interpreted the collective bargaining agreement, developed policies for the department, and advised senior management on labor relations issues.

After working for the international union AFSCME, Harge returned to the City of Cleveland as the Labor Relations Manager for Department of Public Utilities in April 2013.

Hernando Harge is a graduate of John Hay High School in Cleveland, Ohio and Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. 

Frank Badalamenti

Chief Financial Officer, Department of Public Utilities

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the DPU, Frank Badalamenti is responsible for all financial day-to-day responsibilities, including accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, budgeting, rate setting, risk management, and procurement for all divisions (Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, and Water Pollution Control) within DPU.

Prior to serving as CFO for DPU, Badalamenti spent over 12 years as the Manager of Internal Audit for the City of Cleveland and was instrumental in saving the City of Cleveland millions of dollars in lost revenue. In addition, Badalamenti authored and implemented numerous policy and procedural changes throughout every department in the City of Cleveland.

A native Clevelander, Badalamenti served for over 20 years in the United States Air Force (USAF), retiring as a Master Sergeant. While serving in the USAF, Badalamenti worked in Accounting and Finance.

Badalamenti is a certified Forensic Financial Analyst, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, and an active member of the Institute on Internal Auditors, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Government Finance Officers Association. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wayland Baptist University.

Mark Lasic

Chief Information Officer, Department of Public Utilities

As Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Mark Lasic is responsible for the strategy and management of  IT services within the Divisions of Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, Cleveland Geographical Information Systems, and the Division of Radio Communication.

Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, Mark managed large portfolios and programs in IT and process control throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  He has experience in industrial automation, manufacturing, utilities, media, technology, banking and healthcare.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Physics from Cleveland State University and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering with a focus on Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University.

Alex Margevicius

Commissioner of Cleveland Water

Margevicius, a native Clevelander, began his career with Cleveland Water as a Civil Engineer in 1985 and was appointed the Assistant Commissioner of Engineering at Cleveland Water in 1995.  Margevicius was responsible for coordinating all engineering and Capital Improvement Projects for the Division.

Margevicius is an expert in the design and operation of large, complex water systems, and has significant  insights into distribution system infrastructure issues.  He is also an authority on power grid reliability for the water industry.  He took the lead in designing Cleveland Water’s Geographic Information System and hydraulic model systems.   He is a frequent speaker to engineering, contractor, civic, and other groups.

Margevicius holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Christopher Warren

Chief of Safety, Department of Public Utilities

Chief of Safety, Christopher Warren, joined the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in late fall of 2015. He is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in Comprehensive Practice and a Certified Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) with more than 18 years in the construction industry. Twelve of those years carry extensive experience in hazard assessments, environmental management, emergency response, and occupational health and safety management.

Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, Warren was responsible for the safety, quality control and environmental management of multiple environmental remediation and infrastructure projects nationwide for the Department of Defense. He has also provided direct oversight of multiple heavy civil projects over the years, including the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Euclid Creek Tunnel on the east side of Cleveland.

Warren holds a Master’s of Science in Occupational Health and Safety. He is particularly skilled at the development and implementation of OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance and workplace injury reduction.