Bruce W. Husselbee, P.E.
Director of Engineering
Bruce Husselbee became Director of Engineering in July 2005. Before his promotion to this senior leadership position, he was a Project Manager in the Design and Construction Division for nine years. In that capacity he managed a number of large capital improvement projects. These included interceptor, treatment plant and water reclamation facilities. Mr. Husselbee previously worked in the consulting engineering field for 12 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from George Washington University. He also has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in coastal engineering at Old Dominion University.
Steve de Mik
Director of Finance
Before joining HRSD in 2008, Steve de Mik, a certified public accountant, served for seven years as the Director of Finance and Business Services for the City of Norfolk. His duties and accomplishments in that post included managing a debt portfolio of approximately $1 billion using three different credit structures, restructuring and refinancing debt obligations to generate $16 million in savings, securing credit rating increases and implementing a new accounting and financial reporting system. Mr. de Mik’s 20 years of progressively responsible public and private sector finance experience includes positions with Knox County, TN; Knoxville, TN; Chipman and McMurray, CPA’s of Hendersonville, TN; and the Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of State Audit, Nashville, TN. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Mr. de Mik also has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program.
Director of Information Services
Prior to his appointment in 2008, Don Corrado served as HRSD’s Chief of Information Technology for nine years. In that capacity he was responsible for the implementation of a scalable, fully-licensed, standards-based wide area network capable of supporting the various enterprise-class applications required to meet HRSD’s business needs. Mr. Corrado’s 20-year career includes public and private sector experience as an IT manager, enterprise solutions architect, information systems security officer, project leader and contract specialist. He earned a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and is a Master Certified NetWare Engineer, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Nortel Certified Enterprise Solutions Provider. Mr. Corrado is also a U.S. DoD Certified Acquisition Professional and Checkpoint Firewall One Certified. He is a member of the Gartner Executive Panel, American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation (WEF) and has completed the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program.
G. David Waltrip, P.E.
Director of Operations
Dave Waltrip, who was named Director of Operations when the position was established in 2007, had served as Director of Treatment since 1987. Formerly, he was the Assistant Director of Treatment for seven years, Williamsburg Plant Manager for three years and a Project Engineer for two years. Mr. Waltrip has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program, a past president of the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) and has served in various appointed capacities with WEF. Mr. Waltrip has authored or co-authored numerous articles in the Water Pollution Control Federation Journal on odor control and biological nutrient removal. He has received WEF’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award and VWEA’s Enslow-Hedgepeth Award.
James J. Pletl, PhD
Director of Water Quality
Jim Pletl was promoted to Director of Water Quality in December 2011. Previously, he was the Chief of Technical Services for five years. In that capacity, he managed HRSD’s environmental monitoring and permitting program. He also served as an Environmental Scientist for 17 years, providing technical reviews and conducting planning for water quality studies. Dr. Pletl holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Alfred University and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from Old Dominion University. He also is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Water and Wastewater Leadership Program. Dr. Pletl is the vice-chair of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Water Quality Committee and the chair of the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies (VAMWA) Water Quality Committee. He has served on two federal advisory committees for EPA and several advisory groups to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Dr. Pletl has also served on numerous Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) project oversight committees which define the goals and guide the work of WERF research relevant to wastewater utility issues.