Mayor's Press Releases

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Mayor Broome Appoints Director of Environmental Services

BATON ROUGE, LA — February 26, 2018 — Today, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the appointment of Richard Speer, P.E., as Director of Environmental Services.

In this role, Mr. Speer will oversee the operations of the city-parish’s wastewater division including wastewater collection, conveyance, storage, and treatment systems. He will also supervise the city-parish’s sanitation division including solid waste environmental functions, landfill management, and recycling programs.

“Richard brings tremendous experience to a department that provides critical services for every resident of our parish,” said Mayor-President Broome. “I know he is committed to ensuring the department delivers projects and services in an efficient manner for the benefit of our community.”

Mayor Broome added, “I also want to thank Adam Smith for his outstanding work as interim director over the past few months. Adam is a true public servant, and I’m so glad he will continue to serve in a leadership role within the department.”

Mr. Speer has over 35 years of experience with private infrastructure and support services firms, working on projects varying from sanitary sewer overflow, stormwater, and wastewater management systems, to sediment diversion and major construction projects. He has led numerous teams on projects both in Louisiana and around the country, most recently serving as Vice President of AECOM. Mr. Speer holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

“I want to thank Mayor-President Broome for the confidence in providing me this opportunity to serve her and the community in this critical role as Director of Environmental Services,” said Mr. Speer. “I look forward to working with her and implementing her vision for the department.”

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