Interim College Station City Manager Jeff Capps announced Monday that Gary Mechler will become the city’s water services director on Aug. 20. Mechler replaces David Coleman, who is retiring after 13 years.
“Gary brings extensive experience on both the water and wastewater side and has great leadership, management, and communication skills,” Capps said. “He will be a great fit and an asset to our organization.”
“I’m looking forward to moving to College Station, being involved in the community, and working with a high-quality team committed to providing superior water services to our neighbors,” Mechler said.
A Texas native, Mechler served since 2015 as executive vice president of operations at Natural Systems Utilities in Hillsborough, N.J. He was responsible for operations, health, safety, environmental and financial performance of 210 systems across 10 states.
From 1997-2014, he worked in various capacities with Severn Trent Services in Houston, an international contract operations and equipment manufacturer serving the municipal and industrial water treatment sector. His positions were vice president of health, safety and environment (2006-14), regional operations vice president (1999-2006), and regional general manager (1997-99).
From 1987-97, Mechler worked for Houston’s LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies. He was interim operations superintendent and solid waste coordinator from 1992-95 and served as corporate health, safety and environmental auditor from 1995-97.
Mechler earned two degrees from the University of Houston – a bachelor’s in industrial hygiene and safety, and a master’s in environmental management.
Capps praised Coleman for not only leading Water Services for many years, but also for serving as interim assistant city manager since March. His last day with the city will be Aug. 17. Additionally, Capps extended his thanks to Alan Gibbs, assistant director for Water Services, who led the department during the interim period.