Director of Public Utilities

Robert L. Davis, as Director of the City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities, is responsible for management and oversight of more than 1700 employees, a budget of more than $570 million, and all operations within the Divisions of Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, and Utilities Fiscal Control, as well as the City-wide Office of Radio Communications and Cleveland’s public access channel, TV20.

 Before taking the position of Director in May 2015, Davis served the City of Warren, Ohio as the Director of Utility Services. In this role, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of Water, Sewer, Sanitation, and Water Pollution Control. Additionally, Davis oversaw Distribution Collections systems, Customer Service and Billing for each of these divisions. 

 Davis has a strong foundation of both administrative and hands on experience having risen through the ranks throughout his 28-year career as a utility professional. He holds a Class IV Water License and has been a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for more than 25 years. He is currently the Past Chair of the Ohio Section of AWWA in addition to having served five years on the Ohio Governing Board. Davis has also served as Chair of the Membership Committee for the Ohio Section and works very closely with the Young Professionals, Diversity, Strategic Planning, and Finance and Audit committees. During his career, Davis has received numerous accolades and published many articles. He is an active member of his community and continues to serve on many boards and as a member of community-based organizations.

 Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University where he played linebacker for the WVU Mountaineers participating in the Peach, Gator, Hall of Fame and Bluebonnet Bowls. In 2015, he was inducted into Warren High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.