The interim director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will remain in that position through March 2019, city officials announced Friday.
Bernard Lindstrom, a retired Army colonel, has been in the role since September and had a six-month, $100,000 agreement to be PWSA's top administrator through Sunday. His contract has been extended through March 13, 2019, and he will be paid up to $225,000 a year, according to a city press release. If a new director is found before the end of the contract, it can be terminated with 30 days notice. The city soon will post the job and conduct a search to permanently fill the positions of PWSA executive director and deputy director.
“On behalf of the residents of the city, we thank Col. Lindstrom for his continued service and for allowing the PWSA to keep benefiting from his expertise in this time of transition at the authority,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.
PWSA has counted four directors since late 2015, according to a performance audit by the city controller’s office. The authority is confronting entrenched problems such as infrastructure failures, customer service difficulties and elevated lead levels. Crises during Mr. Lindstrom’s tenure have included a 10,000-gallon-a-minute leak from a crucial water main, along with a flush-and-boil advisory that lasted roughly two days for some 100,000 customers in February.
Elizabeth Behrman: Lbehrman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.
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