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MWA Executive Director Retiring

May 13, 2021 by Lisa Golphin

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MWA Executive Director and President Tony Rojas is retiring after two decades of leadership as chief executive of the award-winning utility.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) will bid farewell to its Executive Director and President, who has led the utility over the course of the last two decades, as R.A. “Tony” Rojas has announced his retirement. Mr. Rojas retires from the award-winning water utility after providing leadership during some of the most prosperous yet challenging times in the history of the Authority. He is expected to conclude his tenure as the chief executive of the utility on May 24, 2021.

Mr. Rojas was hired by the Authority as Executive Director and President in November of 2002. He came to the MWA from the City of Moultrie, where he spent 10 years as its City Manager. Prior to that, Mr. Rojas served as City Manager for both the cities of Vidalia and Hawkinsville, Georgia.

The timing of his retirement comes as the MWA assumes responsibility for the holistic management of water resources in Macon-Bibb County, with the recent addition of the Stormwater Management Program. In addition, the Authority is beginning to move toward normal operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, while wrapping up one of the largest capital improvement projects in the history of the organization –- the more than $51 Million investment in the MWA Wastewater Reclamation Facilities Rehabilitation Program.

“It has been my honor to serve as the Executive Director and President of the Macon Water Authority for the past 18-plus years. I have enjoyed working with the most dedicated and loyal employees and board members and have made many friends throughout the community,” says Rojas. His leadership position at the MWA has afforded him an avenue to “give back by improving the quality of life and economic prosperity of the customers and communities we serve,” noting that he is grateful for the opportunity former MWA Chairman Frank Amerson and the MWA Board gave him at the time of his hiring to work in this capacity.

“I consider this a great blessing and thank all board members past and present for allowing me the opportunity to serve and for placing their faith in me to lead this model utility,” he says. “I know Mr. Amerson would be proud of the progress we’ve made.”

However, Mr. Rojas notes that the position of MWA Executive Director and President is one of unavoidable stress.

“Executive roles do come with their fair share of stress, and the last 18 months have been especially challenging when you consider managing through a pandemic and other issues, which have caused me to reflect on my future,” he says. “Therefore, I have decided to step away from my daily professional responsibilities at the Authority and take time to enjoy friends and family and just relax. But I do plan to remain in Macon-Bibb County, while staying active in the community and enjoying America’s Best Tasting Drinking Water.”

During his time at the MWA, Mr. Rojas made quite an impact on the community and water industry in Georgia. He is a Past President of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals and the Georgia Section of the Water Environment Federation. He has served via Governor appointment on the State Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts, and also has served as a Member of the Middle Ocmulgee Regional Planning Council. In addition, he has served on numerous boards and service organizations in the community, including the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, NewTown Macon, on the Executive Committee of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, as Past President of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, and others.

“The MWA is one of the finest public water, sewer, and stormwater utilities in our state, and I’m confident the strong leadership of Chairman Hart and our Board will continue to ensure that citizens of Macon-Bibb County will for generations reap the many benefits of reliable, affordable, and highest quality water, sewer and stormwater services,” says Rojas. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made together as employees of the Authority and of the continuous improvements for the benefit of the customers and communities we serve,” noting the continual investment and renewal of assets, environmental and financial stewardship, the partnerships in economic development to bring quality jobs to the community and region, and for operating the Authority according to sound business principles.

MWA Chairman Sam Hart, Sr. expressed his debt of gratitude on behalf of the MWA Board for the dedicated service Mr. Rojas has provided to the MWA, its customers, and community.

“From the Water Authority to all corners of our community, we have been blessed by the leadership and professionalism Tony Rojas has provided, and he will be sorely missed,” says Chairman Hart. “We wish Tony all the best and continued success as he enters the next chapter of his life, knowing that he leaves our organization in a strong position financially and operationally, as one who helped guide one of the best water utilities in the state and nation.”

The MWA Family will truly miss the leadership of Mr. Tony Rojas, and we wish him and Mrs. Pam the very best in their next chapter of life.

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