LOWELL -- City Manager Kevin Murphy on Friday named Lowell resident Erik Gitschier the new executive director of the oft-embattled Lowell Regional Water Utility.
Gitschier, Lexington's water and sewer superintendent, previously worked for the Lowell Utility as a maintenance mechanic.
He holds Level 4 licenses in both water treatment and water distribution, the highest level of state license in each category.
Gitschier thanked for Murphy for selecting him.
"I'm happy to be involved again where it all started for me," Gitschier said. "Everyone needs to work together to make sure we continue to deliver the good quality water that has come out of there. Hopefully I can continue and improve on what they have built."
Gitschier, 43, will replace Daniel Lahiff, who was forced to resign earlier this summer in the midst of an investigation into water-billing issues in the department.
Gitschier's mother, JoAnn Gitschier, is the former longtime office manager at the utility.
Gitschier is a member of the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee and ran unsuccessfully for City Council last year.
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