Deputy Executive Director, Operations
Mr. Blake joined SD1 as Deputy Executive Director of Operation in 2016. As such, he oversees Treatment Plant and Pump Station Operations, Fleet Operations, Facility Maintenance and Collection System Operations including Customer Service and Construction.
Prior to joining SD1, Mr. Blake served as the Administrator for the City of Columbus, Ohio Division of Sewerage and Drainage for 9 years. As the Administrator, Mr. Blake oversaw all facets of the regional sewer system that serves the Central Ohio community including two large treatment plants, a composting facility, sewer maintenance, engineering and regulatory compliance including consent order obligations. During his tenure, he oversaw the single largest capital improvement in the history of the city, the OARS Tunnel Project. He also led the development of Blueprint Columbus, a new integrated plan that addresses sewer overflows and basement backups by addressing problems on private property and cleaning storm water with green infrastructure. Before being named Administrator, Mr. Blake joined the City in 2005 as Assistant Administrator overseeing all engineering for the Division of Sewerage and Drainage.
From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Blake was employed by Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio as a Project Manager. During his time at Malcolm Pirnie, he oversaw sanitary sewer masterplans in many communities including Columbus, Lancaster, Newark and Portsmouth, Ohio. The most notable accomplishment was the development of the Wet Weather Management Plan, Columbus’ first program to address sewer overflows.
Prior to Malcolm Pirnie, Mr. Blake was a project engineer with Beling Consultants where he worked on various projects ranging from transportation, site development, and utility infrastructure.
Mr. Blake is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and recently served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). He was President of the Association of Ohio Metropolitan Wastewater Agencies. He continues his involvement in both NACWA and the Water Environment Federation. Mr. Blake received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University and his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Blake gave a TEDx talk titled “Scent in the City” where he described sewer odor control in an urban environment.
In his free time, Mr. Blake enjoys spending time with his family, soccer with his girls, camping and hiking.