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Bill Johnson - Director

Water & Sewer

As Director of the one the largest public utilities in the United States, Bill Johnson is responsible for supplying Miami-Dade County residents, businesses and visitors with high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services while providing for future economic growth via progressive planning; and safeguarding public health and the environment.

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, which serves a population of more than 2.6 million, has a $13.5 billion capital program underway, annual operating revenues in excess of $600 million, and provides direct service to more than 428,000 accounts, wholesale water service to 15 municipalities and wholesale sewer service to 13 municipalities. 

Over the last 34 years, Bill Johnson has held a number of executive level positions within Miami-Dade County government including oversight of the County’s airports and several major infrastructure projects. He has built a reputation as a key trouble-shooter, problem-solver and proponent of economic development. Prior to taking over as Director, Bill Johnson ran of one of the nation’s top container cargo ports and the busiest cruise port in the world, PortMiami. During his eight-year tenure at PortMiami, Mr. Johnson launched one of the most ambitious capital development programs in the Port’s history, including public private partnerships such as the high-profile Port Tunnel Project, led the largest expansion ever of new cruise brands and new build cruise vessels and strengthened the Port’s financial position despite challenging economic conditions worldwide. 

A native of Akron, Ohio, Bill Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee and has served in a number of leadership roles in  business, maritime and economic development organizations at the national and international levels including: Vice President, International Association of Ports and Harbors; Chairman, Florida Ports Council; Chairman, World Trade Center Miami Board of Directors; Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) Board of Directors; US Chamber Let’s Rebuild America Leadership Council and International Policy Committee; Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Transportation Advisory Council; Florida District Export Council; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Governors; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle; and Past Chair, Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce.

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