ST. PETERSBURG — City leaders recently filled a new management position to oversee the city’s embattled wastewater system.
Lisa Rhea, who taught chemistry before getting her masters in environmental engineering, was hired in April as a senior water resources manager.
The former Oldsmar public works director takes over a system that is undergoing extensive renovation. The city is spending $326 million to improve its wastewater system as part of a consent order with the state after the 2015-16 sewage crisis, during which the city spilled up to a billion gallons.
Rhea was most recently a vice president at Jones Edmunds, an environmental and infrastructure company, according to her resume.