Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken have hired Robert Smith as the new Superintendent of Hoboken’s water system, according to a city press release.
Smith comes to Hoboken with more than 27 years of managerial experience in the water and wastewater field, most recently as director of water and sewer utilities for the Borough of Sayreville.
Smith will oversee Hoboken’s new water system which was established in the new contract with SUEZ that provides Hoboken with more than $33 million in water main upgrades over the next 15 years. Hoboken now controls all the revenue from the water utility bills, which are now invested back into water main upgrades by the city, as opposed to a private water utility. According to the city, Hoboken will replace approximately 18 percent of the water main system by 2034.
“I’m pleased to welcome Robert as Hoboken’s new Superintendent of our water system,” said Mayor Bhalla. “He has the experience and knowledge to oversee our multi-million dollar water main replacement project. I look forward to working with him as we proactively upgrade Hoboken’s infrastructure and improve the quality of life for residents.”
“I am proud and honored to be named the new Water Superintendent here in the City of Hoboken,” said Smith. “I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Hoboken to the best of my abilities, ensuring that they receive the highest quality of water and service possible.”
Smith’s $135,000 salary will be fully funded through the water utility, at no taxpayer expense. He will be the only full-time employee of the water utility, according to the city.