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Watrity na new executive direor
Water authority names new executive director
By PATRICK McMAHON
St. Petorlr Timre Sutff Writk
TAMPA After a seven-month search, the
West, Coat Regional Water Supply Authority
has chosen a Scranton, Pa. engineer to be its
new $35,000-a-year executive director.
By a 4-0 vote, authority board members se-
lected David F. Hansen, 49, who until last year
was president and chief executive officer of
Pennsylvania Gas and Water Co.
Hansen replaces Richard J. Hesse, who re-
signed under pressure after many conflicts with
Pinellas County Commissioner Charles E. Rain-
ey when Rainey was authority chairman. That
resignation becomes effective Sept. 30.
THE REGIONAL' authority was estab-
lished in 1974 to help ease regional disputes over
new supplies of drinking water. The authority's
job is to find drinking water and sell it on a
wholesale basis to governments in the Tampa
Members of the authorityare Pinellas, Pasco
and Hillsborough counties and-the cities of
Tampa and St. Petersburg, The authority now
operates the Cypress Creek well field in Pasco
St. Petersburg Mayor Corinne Freeman, the
authority chairman this year, said the board was
"impressed" with Hansen. "We feel most fortu-
nate that we were able to offer him the job."
The new director is now a consultant for the
Pennsylvania utility that provides 145,000 cus-
tomers with water in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre
area and 108,000 customers with natural gas
throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.
HANSEN STEPPED down as president
Sof the utility in October 1977 and continued as a
Consultant as part of a "mutual understanding"
with the company's board of directors, a compa-
ny spokesman said.
The choice came after the authority board's
second round of interviews. The board was dead-
locked earlier this year in choosing from several
local candidates for the job. If he takes the job,
Hansen will be the authority's second perma-
In discussing the candidates before the meet-
ing, several board members said they would like
Hansen to name Gene Heath, their second
choice, the authority's deputy director.
Heath is vice president for corporate services
of the same Pennsylvania utility, Pennsylvaiia
Water and Gas Co.