Alamo resident Steve McDonald has been named the new director of operations at the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San), the sewer provider that serves most of the San Ramon Valley.
A local resident with more than 30 years of environmental engineering experience, as the new director of operations McDonald will be tasked with overseeing the operations and maintenance of Central San's collection system and regional wastewater treatment plant in Martinez.
"We're excited to welcome Steve back to Central San," General Manager Roger Bailey said in a statement after McDonald's start on Jan. 11. "His breadth of experience, his familiarity with our community, and his commitment to providing reliable and efficient wastewater services for our customers will be tremendous assets to the district."
A professional civil and mechanical engineer licensed in six states, McDonald started his career in Central San in the agency's special project division, according to agency staff. After serving in that capacity he eventually left the agency and worked for more than 20 years as a partner with Carollo Engineers -- an environmental engineering firm specializing in the development of water and wastewater facilities.
Prior to stepping into his new role, McDonald was a principal with McGovern McDonald Engineers, where he worked with wastewater agencies across the country to retrofit and optimize projects.