The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board has appointed Robert Beltran to serve as the District’s executive director. Beltran replaces Blake Guillory who was recently hired as the executive director for the South Florida Water Management District.
“The Board is confident in Robert’s abilities to lead this organization as we continue to focus on our core mission of managing water and related natural resources throughout our 16-County region,” said Governing Board Chairman Carlos Beruff.
Beltran, a resident of Lakeland, Fla., most recently served as the assistant executive director for the District since March 2012. Overseeing the District’s Regulation, Resource Management, and Operations, Maintenance & Construction divisions, Beltran also leads the Solutions Team for the Central Florida Water Initiative, a multi-jurisdictional effort to ensure an adequate water supply in a five-county region.
Beltran is a professional engineer with nearly two decades of experience helping clients design and permit solutions for their water and wastewater needs. He has worked throughout Florida helping municipalities and private companies on water-related initiatives including stormwater, wastewater, reclaimed water, drinking water and alternative water supply projects.
Prior to joining the District, many of his projects required working with the District, the Department of Environmental Protection and other water management districts on various water and permitting issues.
Beltran holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in environmental engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is a diplomate of environmental engineering. Beltran is a member of various professional associations and is a past president of the Florida Engineering Society Ridge Chapter.