Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Lee Lambert will serve as the city’s new Water Resource Management Director.
Lee has served as Acting Director of the Water Resource Management (WRM) Department since February, stepping in from his role as Assistant WRM Director.
Lee has worked for the City of Surprise since 2005, starting in project management roles that included work on multiple Capital Improvement Projects. Lee was named Water Manager in 2013 and was promoted to WRM Assistant Director in January of 2019. Previous to the city of Surprise, Lee held positions with the Maricopa County Planning Department and Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Lee was selected as the permanent WRM Director after a very competitive process that included candidates from around the country.
“It was a goal from the outset of the process that the successful candidate to lead our award-winning Water Resources team had to be not only competent, visionary, and compassionate, but someone that could effectively lead the team toward innovative solutions that will address current and future water needs,” said City Manager Mike Frazier. “Lee’s education and background have provided him exceptional preparation for continued success in leading the WRM department.”
Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Development from the University of Arizona and several water and wastewater certifications, including in the areas of wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, water distribution and water treatment.