By Joshua Burd
PS&S has hired a longtime public utility official in Monmouth County as the newest edition to its water resources team.
The design and engineering firm, which is based in Warren, announced that Bob Fischer has joined its ranks as a senior director based in its Wall office. He comes to the practice after 17 years as executive director of the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, bringing vast knowledge and experience in wastewater operations and management, with a strong background in short and long-term planning, budgeting and execution of major projects.
The new hire is effective Feb. 10, according to a news release. During his time with the sewerage authority, which provides wastewater conveyance and treatment to eight communities in Monmouth County, Fischer had overall responsibility for a facility that handles up to 16 million gallons per day of wastewater flow.
“Bob’s knowledge and leadership will be a great addition to our team,” said John Sartor, CEO and president of PS&S. “His experience and reputation as an industry leader will allow us to better serve our public and private clients.”
The firm noted that, following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the 24-acre Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority was left heavily damaged and knocked out of service. Under Fischer’s leadership, the plant operation was restored, giving way to a $50 million recovery effort to completely rebuild and protect against similar storms.
Those efforts culminated recently with the last of five major projects coming online.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to contribute to a highly regarded architectural and engineering firm like PS&S,” Fischer said. “I look forward to working with the team to provide clients with the kind of exemplary service they are accustomed to.”
Fischer is past president of the New Jersey Water Environment Association and current chairman of NJWEA Long Range Planning Committee, the news release said. He is currently serving as a director of the New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities and in the Water Environmental Federation House of Delegates.
He also served as the chairman of the New Jersey Utility Authority Joint Insurance Fund.
Fischer earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds an S-4 Public Wastewater License issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection.