Julius Ciaccia, Jr., has announced his intent to retire from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, effective this January, NEORSD announced in a news release Thursday.

Ciaccia has led the organization since 2007 following a 30-year tenure with the City of Cleveland, serving as Director of Public Utilities and Commissioner of Water, the release confirmed.

“I have finally reached the point where I can happily announce my intent to retire from my position as CEO of NEORSD,” wrote CEO Ciaccia in a memo to staff, the release noted.

“While I do regret leaving such a great organization and wonderful co-workers, I feel extremely satisfied with all the accomplishments we have been able to achieve in the nine years I have been here.”

According to the release, during his leadership at the Sewer District, the agency successfully negotiated Project Clean Lake, a consent decree agreeing to a 25-year, $3 billion infrastructure investment in the region’s sewer infrastructure. This agreement will reduce combined sewer overflows and improve Lake Erie’s water quality. In addition, he successfully navigated a lengthy court battle to establish the Sewer District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program, enabling the agency to manage flooding, streambank erosion and water quality problems in the region.

Ciaccia reports directly to the Sewer District’s seven-member Board of Trustees. Ciaccia plans to work with the Board of Trustees to ensure the Board’s new CEO embraces the core values and organizational culture Ciaccia worked to establish, according to the release.

Throughout his career, he has been extremely active with water and wastewater organizations, serving as President of Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), Water Utility Council Chair for American Water Works Association (AWWA), Chair at Water Research Foundation (WRF), and as President of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the release detailed.

He currently serves as a US Water Alliance board member and locally on the Cleveland Water Alliance board.