City of Charlotte names new Charlotte Water director

Britt Clampitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2017) – The City of Charlotte has selected Angela Lee to serve as the new director of Charlotte Water.


Lee, who has served as the chief of operations and field operations division manager for Charlotte Water since 2004, will step into her new role following the calendar year-end retirement of the current director, Barry Gullet, who served the utility for 39 years.  


“Angela is a valuable leader in Charlotte Water. She has been instrumental in affecting change and improving processes for nearly 1 million customers throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” said City Manager Marcus D. Jones. “We are thrilled that she will be at the head of the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Carolinas.”


As director, Lee will be responsible for city- and countywide water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, and utilities planning and management activities. Lee will lead a staff of more than 900 with an operating budget of nearly $400 million, and a five-year Community Investment Program budget of $944 million. Charlotte Water maintains more than 8,600 miles of water and sewer pipeline, with nearly 280,000 active water connections countywide.


Lee has managed the water distribution system for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County since 1992. As chief of operations and field operations division manager, she currently oversees more than 300 employees responsible for the collection and distribution systems. Lee has championed a number of improvements at Charlotte Water, including the development of water main break procedures with an emphasis on on-site water quality testing, upgrades to sewer equipment so crews can be more efficient when responding to calls and cross-training staff to provide a variety of repair functions. She has been a city employee since 1988.


Lee holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. She was the 2017 chair of the North Carolina American Water Works Association and North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) and is a Grade A water distribution operator.




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