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The Board of Commissioners of the ECWA wish to reinforce their commitment to improving the quality of life for the more than 165,000 residential and commercial customers that rely on the ECWA's dependable service everyday. The ECWA operates solely for the benefit of its customers. We look forward to continuing our efforts at positioning the organization to efficiently provide customers the same quality and professional service they have come to expect from the ECWA.



Appointed March 2015

Robert Anderson was appointed to his first term in April 2015. He has over 35 years of public service experience including 26 years of management at the Amherst Highway Department, 13 years as Superintendent of Highways.

As Highway Superintendent in one of the largest towns in New York State, Mr. Anderson's knowledge and experience are represented in the areas of Project Coordinator, Procurement Administration, Inventory Control, Budget/Cost Assessment, Perceptive Road and Infrastructure Management, Contract Bidding and Negotiation and Labor Administration. He supervised up to 200 employees. Highlights of his tenure included managing the 2006 October Surprise Storm recovery as he obtained over $17,000,000 undisputed FEMA reimbursement from coordinating over 500 trucks removing 1,000,000 cubic yards of storm damage. Another highlight included writing Refuse Control bid specifications incorporating a record breaking $10,000,000 savings.

Mr. Anderson served on the Executive Board of the New York State Superintendents of Highways Association as Education Chairman offering him the opportunity to interact with over 900 Superintendents instructing them at the Cornell Local Roads Programs at Ithaca College. He also addressed the New York State Assembly to assist in obtaining CHIPS funding.

He and his wife Lynne are lifelong residents of Amherst. They have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. Bob has almost 25 years service as an active volunteer fire fighter.



Appointed March 2016

Jerome D. Schad was appointed a Commissioner in November 2013 and is serving his first term. A graduate of Geneva College, Duquesne University and the University at Buffalo Law School, he was admitted into law in New York State in 1972 and his private practice legal career spans 35 years.

A former partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, Mr. Schad focused on tort, commercial and civil litigation, state and federal law compliance related to disability and represented and advised private and public entities. He has litigated cases In the New York State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western New York District. Mr. Schad has also managed appeals to the Third and Fourth Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court and New York State Court of Appeals.

Most recently Mr. Schad was Majority Counsel to the Erie County Legislature where he provided counsel on matters related to the Erie County Charter and state and federal laws impacting the operation of county government.

He resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife, Priscilla. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.



Appointed April 2017

Karl J. Simmeth, Jr. was appointed by the Erie County Legislature as a Commissioner of the Erie County Water Authority in April 2017 for a three year term ending in 2020.

Mr. Simmeth is a graduate of Erie Community College with an AAS degree in Business Administration. For the last 32 years, he has been employed with the Erie County Medical Center Corporation and currently works as an Assistant Supervisor of Building Operations.

Mr. Simmeth was elected as Councilman for the Town of Boston in 1998 and served for eight years. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Managers of Erie County Sewer District #3, a special district that oversees a $22 million budget and provides full service collection, transmission, and treatment of waste.

Mr. Simmeth is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He is a lifetime member of Boston AMVETS Post 219 and the Boston Historical Society. Mr. Simmeth and his wife Kathy reside in the Town of Boston.



Earl L. Jann brings a great deal of experience to his position as Executive Director of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA). A retired senior pharmaceutical representative with more than 36 years of service, he studied and passed many microbiology and bacteriology courses. Today this gives him an understanding of the methodology and meaning of the Authority's extensive daily water testing. Additionally, his career focus on statistics informs his management of internal operations.

In addition to his technical private sector career, he also developed municipal management experience across 16 years in the Town of Marilla government, the planning board, to Town Council, through several years as Town Supervisor. In Marilla, Mr. Jann established three water districts, built a community center, computerized town operations, and formed a sanitation dept. with a recycling center.

Since 2011, Earl has been a Commissioner of the ECWA; he served the last two as Chairman. There, he made most of the major decisions with his fellow commissioners as the Executive Director was on special assignment. Changes to the Authority under his direction included vastly improved employee relations, increased use of the mapping and information technology systems, a new work order system, upgrades to the water treatment plants and distribution system. He also directed a major overhaul of how the Authority charges its customers - including the elimination of the summer surcharge.

Mr. Jann graduated from Canisius College with a degree in history, served six years in the National Guard 152nd Engineer Bn. and lives with his wife Barbara in the Town of Aurora. They have four adult children and ten grandchildren. He is a member of Immaculate Conception church and belongs to the AWWA, NRA, Moose, the AACA, and the East Aurora Fish and Game Club.



Appointed by Board of Commissioners October 1, 2007

Robert J. Lichtenthal, Jr. was appointed Deputy Director of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) effective 10/1/07. He has over thirty years of private and public sector management experience, primarily in the fields of financial planning and control, with a focus on budgeting and cash flow planning.

Since 1990 he has worked in municipal government and municipal utility management, specifically sewer, water and electric utilities. From October 1990 until mid 1997, Mr. Lichtenthal served as the Administrator for the Village of Bergen in Genesee County, New York where he directed all financial operations of the village government and its utilities.

In April 1996, he was appointed to a three-year term on the ECWA.s Board of Commissioners. He was subsequently reappointed in 1999, 2002, and 2005.

Mr. Lichtenthal holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA with a concentration in Financial Planning and Control from the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He resides in the Town of Newstead.



Russell Stoll is a Licensed Professional Engineer and currently serves as Executive Engineer of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA). Mr. Stoll has over 30 years of broad and varied engineering experience. His experience includes manager of design and construction phase projects for multi-phase, multi-discipline and multi-consultant public and private sector infrastructure and building projects.

His role from 2012-2015 for the ECWA was Distribution Engineer and Municipal Liaison responsible for coordinating design and construction of water main replacement/capital improvement projects and water main extensions in towns and villages throughout ECWA service area. As design unit manager, he supervised staff completing water facility record mapping, water main replacement designs and backflow prevention approvals. Mr. Stoll's previous positions as a consultant included Senior Project Manager and Regional Office Manager. He also served as Director of Engineering at the NFTA. His responsibilities in these positions included overall project quality, budget and schedule. He has managed project design and construction team professionals, and teams of consultants and sub consultants.

He has been involved in several professional organizations. Currently, Mr. Stoll is a member of the Cross Connection Control Foundation of Niagara Frontier Board and member of the American Water Works Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Erie Community College Construction Management/Civil Technology departments.

He has two children and resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife Diane.

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