Delaware County hires sewer director


Delaware County has appointed a Powell resident, Michael A. Frommer, to be its new director of sanitary engineering and development.

With his 20 years of experience, Frommer will oversee the county’s sewer district and solid waste station, serve as a liaison with developers, and work with the county administrator. He will report to county commissioners, who created the position in November.

“Frommer’s professional credentials and track record of success are perfectly suited to the technical demands and high expectations of this new position,” said Commissioner Barb Lewis. “In this important role, he will help achieve our county’s full potential.”

Frommer is a vice president and area operations manager for AECOM (formerly URS), a regional civil-engineering firm he has spent 13 years with. Frommer has been a project manager for sanitary sewer projects in Columbus, Defiance, Hilliard, Lima, Newark and other communities.

He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern University. Frommer is a licensed professional engineer and has water supply and wastewater operator licenses with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He also previously served as utilities director with Southwest Licking Community Water and Sewer District. Frommer is also a past president of the Ohio Water Environment Association.

His resume states that he is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

Last spring, commissioners authorized a study of its sanitary sewage master plan, to be completed this summer. “The plan will guide future development in the county,” said county spokeswoman Jane Hawes in a prepared statement.

Frommer will start March 7. His annual salary will be $130,000.

With Frommer’s hiring, the county still needs to fill the county administrator position following the retirement of Tim Hansley on Jan. 15. Frommer had applied for the administrator’s job but was not selected.

The position is being filled by assistant administrators Dawn Huston and Seiji Kille.

The hiring announcement was made at the commissioners’ meeting Monday.

“I really look forward to Mike Frommer joining our team,” said Commissioner Jeff Benton. “He will provide the skilled leadership for this critical activity that will set the stage for continued smart growth in Delaware County for decades.”


By Gary Budzak

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Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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