Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.


1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info


David G. Shaff, Administrator, is responsible for the ongoing operation of the Bureau, as well as security, long-range planning, organization development, facilitation of regional partnerships, and coordination with governments and regulators. Mr. Shaff began working for the City in 1978. He worked for the first 25 years in the Bureau of Human Resources, primarily in Labor Relations. While working in Labor Relations, Mr. Shaff was responsible for negotiating each of the City's collective bargaining agreements multiple times and ended his tenure there as the City's Labor Relations Manager in 2003. He joined Commissioner Leonard's staff in 2004 until he was appointed Interim Administrator of the Bureau in July 2005 and was permanently appointed in July 2006. Mr. Shaff has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German from Lewis and Clark College. He received his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1983.

Cecelia Huynh, Director of Finance and Support Services, manages financial planning, budgeting, rate setting, accounting, and support services. Ms. Huynh has been working in the Water Bureau since 1990. She joined the Finance & Support Services Group in 2002 as the budget manager, then served as the finance manager beginning in 2008, and was appointed as the finance director in 2012. Ms. Huynh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management from Portland State University, Oregon.

Kathryn Koch, Director of Customer Services, is responsible for the overall management of customer services including account services, billing and collection, quality assurance, meter reading, meter maintenance and repair, and data processing. Ms. Koch joined the Bureau in 1990. She serves as a member of the National American Water Works Association Customer Service Committee, the Pacific Northwest Customer Service Committee and is founding member and board member of the nationwide Water Customer Care Forum. Ms. Koch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Ty Kovatch, Director of Maintenance and Construction, is responsible for overall management of maintenance, construction and support functions, including repair and maintenance of the distribution system, maintenance management system, purchasing and stores operation, fleet, and apprentice programs. Mr. Kovatch joined the City of Portland in 2002 where he served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Randy Leonard, who has overseen the Portland Water Bureau since 2005. Mr. Kovatch also served as Interim Director of Portland’s construction and land use permitting Bureau of Development Services, and joined the Portland Water Bureau in 2012. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pacific University.

Michael Stuhr, Director of Engineering, is responsible for overall management of engineering, its support functions, and administration of the CIP including planning, design, and construction as well as emergency management. Mr. Stuhr joined the Bureau in 2003 and was the Director of Maintenance and Construction during his first two years. Mr. Stuhr has over 30 years experience leading and managing a wide variety of engineering activities and more than 10 years as a senior executive with state, federal, and international experience managing multi-million dollar environmental, water resource, and facilities engineering programs. He is a registered professional Civil Engineer. Mr. Stuhr has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Davis.  

Edward Campbell, Director of Resource Protection and Planning, is responsible for resource protection and planning, including coordination with federal, state and local partners on source protection efforts for both of the Bureau's drinking water sources, long-term planning and policy development work, compliance with environmental regulations, and leading the Bureau's regulatory compliance efforts for the LT2 Rule and the federal Endangered Species Act. He joined the Bureau in 2004 as an assistant to the Administrator and was selected to lead the Resource Protection and Planning Group in August 2005. Prior to coming to the Bureau, Mr. Campbell served as a senior policy advisor, sustainability coordinator and chief of staff to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and before that as communications director for Multnomah County Chair Beverly Stein. Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia.

Chris Wanner, Director of Operations, is responsible for management of operations and maintenance of surface and groundwater supplies, including treatment, transmission, storage, distribution, pump stations and tanks, system analysis, and the SCADA system. Since 1984, Mr. Wanner has held various Bureau positions. He has State of Oregon certifications at the highest levels for both Water Distribution (WD4) and Water Treatment (WT4) and is a veteran of the United States Army. He has Associate degrees in Computer Technologies and Electronic Engineering from Portland Community College and maintains a State of Oregon electrical license. Mr. Wanner has also been assigned to various capacities in the Bureau's ICS including Operations and Incident Commander. Mr. Wanner was appointed as Director of Operations in 2005.