Lester Sola: Spearheading mammoth water and sewer upgrades
Lester Sola always knew he wanted to give back to his community. He worked awhile in banking and construction, but when a professor in his graduate program advised him to apply for county management training in Broward County, Mr. Sola decided to serve Miami-Dade, where he grew up and lived.
Appointed director of the water and sewer department in January, Mr. Sola said this is his favorite job since beginning his career in 1992 as a member of the county manager’s management training program. He has held several high-level positions, all of which he thoroughly enjoyed, but finds the huge challenge overseeing the department and its $13.5 billion capital improvement program extremely rewarding.
Mr. Sola set three priorities when he took over: improve customer service, message with all customers so they understand the investment the county is putting forth in the water and sewer infrastructure, and ensure the capital improvement program runs efficiently.
The department must continue to produce the good quality water and treat waste water in a manner that is going to be friendly to our environment, Mr. Sola said.
His three priorities are all equally important, he said, but a good customer service program and exceptional messaging program are vital to ensure the success of the capital program.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Mr. Sola at the department.
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