The City of Abilene named Tommy O'Brien
as its new water director Wednesday, filling a position that's been open for more than a year.
, 54, has more than 25 years' experience in engineering and water utility project consulting.
starts the first week of August.
A number of water studies are in the pipeline, including evaluations of the city's effluent water system, the impact of development around Lake Fort Phantom Hill and examination of future water resources at Possum Kingdom Lake and a reservoir north of Abilene. O'Brien has served as general manager and district engineer of the White River Municipal Water District since 1998.
The White River district is about 110 miles northwest of Abilene. He
plans to keep up with city studies in order to prepare himself for his
August start.Born and raised in West Texas, O'Brien
looking forward to working in Abilene and "the challenge to work with a town that seems to be proactive through its water needs." O'Brien
will earn $93,000 as the city's water director.