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Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority Director Resigns


Executive Director Jim Good tendered his resignation to the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority board on Thursday following an investigation showing $32.3 million in unpaid accounts.

Board officials said in a release the separation is effective immediately, as is a nationwide search for his permanent replacement. Former Allegheny Regional Asset District Director David Donahoe will serve in an interim role, according to Mayor's Bill Peduto's office.

Board Chairman Alex W. Thomson applauded Good's efforts and improvements in internal operations, capital planning, construction coordination and green initiatives, but said more needs to be done to address outdated technology, aging infrastructure and substantial debt.

"We are keenly aware of the frustration some customers have with the continued billing and customer service problems," he said. "We understand that much work still needs to be done. We are determined as a board to fix these problems and gain back the trust of all our customers as quickly as possible.”

Donahue is a consultant with 45 years of public and nonprofit sector management experience, Peduto Spokesman Tim McNulty said, including 20 years as RAD executive director. His duties included working with the agency’s volunteer board to allocate and administer more than $1.5 billion in grants to libraries, regional parks, pro sports facilities and cultural venues, according to the city.

Donahoe will be paid $10,000 monthly, which was his same compensation at RAD.