Lee Lambert was appointed as the permanent Water Resource Management director for the city of Surprise.
City Manager Mike Frazier promoted Mr. Lambert, who had served as acting director of the Water Resource Management Department since February, stepping in from his role as assistant WRM director when Deputy City Manager Terry Lowe resigned.
Mr. Lambert has worked for the city of Surprise since 2005, starting in project management roles that included work on multiple capital improvement projects.
He was named water manager in 2013 and promoted to WRM assistant director in January 2019. Prior to the city of Surprise, Mr. Lambert held positions with the Maricopa County Planning Department and Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Mr. Lambert was selected as the permanent WRM Director after a competitive process that included candidates from across 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,” Mr. Frazier said in a news release. “Lee’s education and background have provided him exceptional preparation for continued success in leading the WRM department.”
Mr. Lambert 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.