Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department
Lester Sola is the Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. As Director of the largest utility in the Southeastern United States, Mr. Sola is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services to more than 2.3 million residents, businesses and visitors on a daily basis. The Department provides direct service to more than 432,000 accounts, wholesale water service to 15 municipalities and wholesale wastewater service to 13 municipalities.
During the next 15-20 years, the Department is tasked with implementing a $13.5 billion capital improvement program to upgrade the County’s water and sewer infrastructure. This capital improvement program is the largest in Miami-Dade County’s history. Mr. Sola’s experience in County operations, capital design, construction management, contract administration and negotiations will prove invaluable as this capital improvement program progresses. Mr. Sola manages more than 2,600 employees and an annual operating budget of $732 million.
Prior to his appointment to the Water and Sewer Department, Mr. Sola had been the Director of the Internal Services Department since October of 2011. The Internal Services Department is responsible for the Procurement of Goods and Services, Small Business Development, Architectural and Engineering selection services, Capital Improvement Program, Design and Construction Services, Facilities and Fleet Management, Risk Management, Parking Operations, Printing and Graphics Services, and Surplus Asset Disposal and Countywide Capital Inventory oversight. Mr. Sola managed an operating budget of $370 million, capital projects totaling over $400 million, and over 850 employees.
Mr. Sola began his career with Miami-Dade County Government in 1992 as a member of the County Manager Management Training Program. He has held several high-level positions including: Contract Coordination Officer in the County Executive Manager's Office, Architectural and Engineering Consultant Coordinator for the County Executive Manager's Office, Assistant to the County Manager, Associate Director for the Aviation Department, Deputy Director for the Department of Business Development and Supervisor of Elections.
During his career with Miami-Dade County, Mr. Sola has been responsible for the reorganization of several county departments; coordination and refocusing of the capital program at Miami International Airport; the establishment of small and minority-based programs for the procurement of goods and services; establishment of centralized systems for the tracking of County capital expansion programs and professional services; the provision of management direction to County Departments, Management Agreements and agencies (Aviation, Seaport, Beacon Council, Performing Arts Center, American Airlines Arena).
Mr. Sola has a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration with a minor in organizational psychology from Florida International University.