BJWSA’s Saxon to retire

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Mantua selected as new general manager

Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) has announced that longtime General Manager Ed Saxon will retire in February.

Ed Saxon

Saxon, who has served at the authority since February 1989, leaves a legacy of environmental and fiscal responsibility, as well as extensive community voluntarism.

Joe Mantua, currently the Deputy General Manager for Operations at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, Maryland, begins working alongside Saxon on Nov. 26 and will take over as BJWSA’s general manager upon Saxon’s departure. A utility management professional with more than three decades of experience in both the public and private sector, Mantua previously served as a regional manager at Black & Veatch Corporation, and as past president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA.)

“It has been a distinct pleasure to live in the Lowcountry and an honor to serve the citizens of Beaufort and Jasper Counties for 30 years,” Saxon said. “I’m confident that Joe will be a great leader for our wonderful group of BJWSA employees.”

The extensive search for a new general manager was conducted nationwide by Cabot Associates and vetted by the BJWSA Board of Directors. 

Joe Mantua

“After a thorough and thoughtful search process, the board is excited to have Joe join and lead BJWSA,” board chair Donna Altman said.  “Joe brings a stellar leadership reputation, a wealth of water and wastewater industry experience and an impressive work history – which makes him well-positioned to lead us going forward.”

Reached at his current office, Mantua expressed his eagerness to continue the work that BJWSA has done to earn its place in local prominence.

“I look forward to leading this great organization and carrying on the tradition of providing excellent service to our customers and community,” Mantua said.

In his role as General Manager, Mantua will oversee 190 employees at two water treatment plants and eight wastewater plants. For more information about BJWSA, go to

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