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Before accepting the NASSCO post, DeBoda was manager of the Baltimore office of URS Corp., a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services to public agencies and the private sector throughout the world. Before that, he served 15 years with New Castle County, Delaware’s Departments of Public Works and Special Services in both the engineering and operations divisions. His leadership experience includes 20 years as an officer in the Delaware Army National Guard.
DeBoda currently is president-elect of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) and is a founder and past chairman of the association’s Collection Systems Committee. DeBoda and five others started the committee in 1998.
“We found that there was a large network of sewer professionals, both public and private, that were thirsty for sharing knowledge and learning from other people’s projects and programs,” he said. “We started with small luncheon presentations, and have progressed to providing several full day and luncheon seminars each year, as well as providing one to two days of collection system training at a Water and Waste Operators Association’s (WWOA) Short Course for the past eight years. We also introduced the Operations Challenge to the CWEA annual conference in which six teams competed last year, and have had a spin-off committee dealing with storm water. The committee has become one of the most active WEF membership association committees in the country.”
DeBoda said as a project engineer he learned the importance of communicating about projects with the public and elected officials.
“A good line of communication with elected officials,” he said, “can make this task easier, because it provides an opportunity for them to interact with their constituents. A side benefit to working with elected officials on sewer issues is that they can start to appreciate infrastructure that is otherwise ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ ”
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With several months on the job, NASSCO Executive Director Ted DeBoda identified several challenges facing the association and directions he believes NASSCO needs to take.