Springs Utilities has selected its top water officer from within.
Gary Bostrom, general manager for planning, engineering and resource management in water services, will take over the position vacated by the promotion last fall of Bruce McCormick to chief energy officer. His predecessor, Tom Black, retired a year ago.
Bostrom gets a 15 percent bump, to $224,390 a year, to assume his new role.
Utilities says in a press release:
As chief water services officer, Bostrom will oversee one of the most complex water systems in the region. The water system includes 25 reservoirs, more than 1,700 miles of distribution pipe, seven water treatment plants, and a raw water system that delivers water to Colorado Springs from across the Continental Divide. He is also responsible for the largest wastewater treatment and collection system in the state under a single permit — a system that includes two treatment plants, more than 1,600 miles of collection pipe and 14 lift stations.
Bostrom has served in a variety of leadership roles during his career with Colorado Springs Utilities, including water supply acquisition, water and wastewater infrastructure planning and engineering, and developing regional partnerships. He was instrumental in the development of the Arkansas River Exchange Program, the 1996 Water Resource Plan and the Southern Delivery System permitting process.
Bostrom is a director on the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the past president of the Fountain Valley Authority, a director for the Aurora-Colorado Springs Joint Water Authority, and a director for the Homestake Steering Committee. Additionally, he is past president of the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company, the Lake Meredith Reservoir Company and the Lake Henry Reservoir Company.
“Gary has tremendous experience with water issues that are unique to Colorado,” said Jerry Forte, chief executive officer for Colorado Springs Utilities. “As water continues to be a critical resource for our community’s future, Gary’s leadership and expertise will be invaluable moving forward.”
Bostrom holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Colorado where he was a Regent Scholar. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance.
Bostrom is a native of Colorado Springs and has been actively involved in the community throughout his career.