Tom Walker will succeed Kirk Zuelch as the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority’s Executive Director.

Mr. Walker brings extensive experience to the Authority, having previously served for 11 years as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the organization.

In addition to his previous service with the Authority, Walker has 35 years’ experience in municipal utility services and has led public and private enterprises in water treatment, advanced wastewater treatment and streamlining operations.

“It was a difficult decision, with three highly qualified candidates,” stated Authority Chairman, J. Robert Dean.  “In the end, Tom’s extensive and diverse experience gave him the edge.”

Walker is expected to assume the Executive Director duties November 22.

As Executive Director, Walker will manage the operations of the water and wastewater utility. The Authority is the sole potable water supplier for the entire Florida Keys serving over 77,000 residents and two million visitors per year.  The Authority additionally provides wastewater services in portions of the Lower and Middle Keys, critical infrastructure in the effort to protect nearshore waters and the imperiled coral reef.

Mr. Zuelch is retiring after 15 years with the Authority, eight of those as Executive Director.  Mr. Zuelch will continue to remain active in the community and looks forward to spending more time with his family.