Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Executive Director Steve Sorrell, PE, MPA, announced at the utility’s regular board meeting Tuesday of his plans to retire sometime this year. In his address to the Board, Sorrell said, “After 17 years, it’s time for me to take some personal time, be with my family and enjoy our RV, which has been in storage for the last year. It’s been a privilege and pleasure to work for and with the ECUA Board and staff. Together we have achieved great things.”
Sorrell joined the ECUA in October 2002, and has been a driving force behind several significant projects. These include the construction of the Central Water Reclamation Facility to replace the aging Main Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, the development of the Biosolids Composting Facility, the Materials Recycling Facility, and hundreds of water and sewer infrastructure projects, which have greatly enhanced the ECUA’s utility systems and services to its customers.
At the Board’s request, Sorrell has agreed to remain in his position for an as yet undetermined period to assist in the search for his replacement and the conclusion of key projects. A final departure date has not been set.
Prior to joining ECUA, Sorrell spent over 30 years in public service involving various positions in engineering, law enforcement, finance, city management and utility services.
Mr. Sorrell and his wife, Linda, have been married for more than 44 years and have 2 children and 6 grandchildren who all reside out of state.