Water Pollution Control is a part of the Cleveland Department of Public Utilities. Daily decisions at the division level are guided by leadership whose operational goals are closely tied to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s goals of creating and sustaining a green city on a blue lake. Commissioner Ramona Lowery and her team strategically plan to meet operational and budgetary goals as well as be a proactive environmental steward.
Lowery became Commissioner in 2020 after serving as Deputy Commissioner for five years. She has come full circle in her career. In 1996, Lowery becoming the first female engineer hired at WPC soon after graduating from Cleveland State University. Following several progressive jobs elsewhere, including with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and obtaining two graduate degrees, she returned to WPC in 2015.
A priority for Lowery is to ensure that WPC's 140 employees deliver reliable, efficient service, sustains Cleveland's sewer infrastructure, and thrives as the city's official stormwater manager.
WPC Deputy Commissioner
Cole has more than 20 years of extensive experience with the city of Cleveland, including at Public Utilities and at City Hall, working on operations, information technology management, capital improvements, facilities construction and maintenance, budgeting, project management and organizational development.
Cole is focused on strategic planning, customer service, driving efficiency and improving Water Pollution Control’s branding so residents better identify the division and understand its core services in sewer maintenance and stormwater management.
Provide superior leadership, excellent customer service and innovative stormwater and wastewater infrastructure management for a safe and sustainable environment.
Be an innovative steward and leader in the stormwater and wastewater industry and a model customer service provider.