Meet the New Stormwater Program Manager
The Stormwater Management Division welcomed Wayne Miles, PE, the new stormwater program manager, this summer. Wayne sat down to talk about his background and what he hopes to accomplish in his new role:
Q: When did you start your position as the stormwater program manager?
WM: My first day with the City of Raleigh was July 23, 2018. It has been a whirlwind of activity since then, including preparation for two major hurricanes; helping staff the City’s Emergency Operations Center with stormwater employees; studying the many aspects of our program elements; getting to know more than 60 staff members; and now starting the budget preparation process. I’ve had several people tell me that I’ve had quite a job initiation – I think it has definitely been trial-by-fire (or maybe more appropriately, trial-by-water)!
Q: Where did you work before coming to the City of Raleigh?
WM: I worked for 30 years based in Raleigh as a water resources engineer with a national, private consulting firm. In this role, I worked for municipal utilities across the country, so this experience has given me a lot of insight into what it takes for a utility to be successful.
Q: Had you worked with the City before?
WM: Yes, many times. As a consulting engineer, I helped study and implement the City of Raleigh’s first stormwater utility fee, which went into effect in 2004. I also led several stormwater drainage basin planning efforts that helped identify projects to improve the stormwater system. I also worked on many projects for the Public Utilities Department, including helping them develop an asset management plan. It has been very rewarding to see how far the City’s stormwater program has come in the last 14 years.
Q: What can residents expect from the Stormwater Management Division over the next year?
WM: I came into a well-operating program, so in many ways I hope that citizens will continue to see more of the same. Our number one goal will be to continue protecting our citizen’s health and safety, and the environment that they live in. We will leverage the expertise of our talented staff, the knowledge inherent in the data that we collect daily, and the capabilities that technical advances are providing to us to make sound engineering and management decisions. We are also working diligently to offer a level of responsiveness from our staff in terms of timeliness, transparency, and clarity of project priorities and goals.
Q: Why is this role important to you?
WM: I love living in Raleigh and I want to help improve the quality of life for all who reside here. I have spent my career learning what works and what doesn’t work in the water resources business, but thus far my time has been spread across many states and cities. This role gives me the ability to fully focus my efforts in one place – the place that I call home.
Q: What is the most rewarding project that you’re working on right now?
WM: There are so many interesting aspects of our program and the different ways that they contribute to our goals. If I had to pick one though, I think the most rewarding area that we are working on is improving our ability to warn residents about hazardous flooding. These efforts have the potential to save lives and help us – as a community – become even better prepared for large rain storms that come our way.
This article was originally printed in the Stormwater Management Division's Urban Watersheds publication. Subscribe to learn more and to receive stormwater-related news.