Think you’ve got the solution to the Sewerage & Water Board’s woes? Now’s your chance.
The public utility is seeking applicants to fill three seats on its board as it grapples with the ongoing fallout from the Aug. 5 and July 22 floods, which revealed serious problems with equipment and staffing.
The S&WB is governed by an 11-member board that is appointed by the mayor from a list of nominees selected by a committee of seven university presidents and representatives of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and the Urban League of Louisiana.
The application process kicked off last month after the resignation of two board members in the wake of the Aug. 5 flood. One, Scott Jacobs, said he was leaving the board in part because he felt S&WB employees were being unfairly scapegoated.
That left the board with four empty seats and barely enough members to take formal actions, a situation that was alleviated slightly with the appointment of a new member and the reappointment of another later in the month.
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Those looking to fill one of the three vacant seats must be registered to vote in New Orleans and have lived in the city for at least two years.
Applicants also must have experience in one of a long list of fields: architecture, environmental quality, finance, accounting, business administration, engineering, law, public health, urban planning, facilities management, public administration, science, construction, business management, community or consumer advocacy, or “other pertinent disciplines.”
The board also must include at least one member from each City Council district. Four districts are already represented on the board, which means one of the three spots must be filled by someone from District C, which includes Algiers, the French Quarter, Marigny and Bywater.
Those applying should submit a resumé or curriculum vitae and an affidavit certifying that they have the necessary qualifications to interim Executive Director Bob Miller at 625 St. Joseph St., New Orleans, LA 70165.
Applications are due by the close of business Friday.
Once the applications are collected, the selection committee will narrow down the names and Landrieu will chose three appointees, who then must be confirmed by the City Council.
Prospective applicants with questions may contact Miller’s office at (504) 585-2190 or by email to ProspectiveBoardMemberApplications@swbno.org.