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Common Council Appoints Commissioner of Saint John Water


Brent McGovern has been appointed as Commissioner of Saint John Water.

Mr. McGovern is a Professional Engineer with a proven track record of leading world-class industrial water treatment operations and diverse work teams. He has successfully worked in both municipal and private-sector environments, and has a proven track record of achievement at the City of Saint John. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Saint John Water and was managing the One Stop Development Shop at the time of his appointment. 

“Mr. McGovern’s professional experience encompasses leadership of large and complex water and wastewater operations, including an innovative water recycling program in the United States,” said Mayor Mel Norton. “His public and private sector experience is particularly relevant to our current efforts to move the Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project to successful completion.” 

Mr. McGovern has an extensive portfolio of professional affiliations in the Water and Wastewater industry, including membership in the Water Reuse Association, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF). He has also been active in the Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) and has received a number of awards from his peers for outstanding leadership in customer service and utility management. 

“I look forward to working with Mr. McGovern on the City’s senior leadership team,” said Jeff Trail, City Manager. “He brings a depth of water system experience to Saint John Water and his particular knowledge of Saint John will serve us well.”

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