Jo Ann J. Macrina, Deputy Director of the Watershed Protection Division for DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management, has been named as the new Commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta.
Macrina, a registered professional civil engineer, has managed substantial areas of municipal operations in various cities for two decades. Prior to working with DeKalb County, she served as the Deputy Director of Transportation for the City of Roswell, where she was instrumental in building positive relationships with local, state and federal agencies and oversaw technical operations for four divisions, program and planning, capital improvement program and design, traffic management and construction.
She has also worked in various management positions at civil engineering firms throughout the state. Among her numerous leadership roles, she has served on former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Advisory Board for Erosion and Sedimentation Control since 2004 and currently serves as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers for Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida.
“I want to thank Mayor Reed and COO Peter Aman for their confidence in me and look forward to blending my talents with those in the Department of Watershed Management to serve the citizens of the City of Atlanta,” said Macrina.
One of the first issues likely to demand Macrina’s attention is the AMR water meter system. Following numerous complaints about high bills, an assessment released last month found that in up to a quarter the antenna may not be optimally placed for meter reading, and an independent audit is now planned of all the meters.