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Executive Staff


Jeff_new_size JEFFREY W. SZABO – Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Szabo was named Suffolk County Water Authority CEO in May 2010. Since that time he has led an effort to reposition the organization to meet future challenges by creating a water authority that is more accountable to its customers, more efficient, more environmentally-conscious and more transparent. Among his notable achievements to date are the development of the Authority’s first long-term strategic business plan, which identifies ten key objectives to transform Authority operations over the course of the next decade, and the creation of the Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection, the first bi-county effort to identify threats to our aquifer system and share information pertaining to the preservation of Long Island’s groundwater resources. Mr. Szabo has also conducted a comprehensive review of overtime practices that resulted in substantial savings, incorporated vehicles into the fleet that use renewable fuels such as compressed natural gas and reduced the Authority’s workforce through the creation of hybrid positions and a detailed analysis of current staffing needs.

Prior to joining SCWA, Mr. Szabo served as Deputy County Executive and Chief of Staff for the Suffolk County Executive, where he played a significant role in the management of more than 11,000 employees and a $2.5 billion annual operating budget, with direct oversight of fifteen departments. Mr. Szabo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University.


Joe_P_photo_071214_reduceJOSEPH M. POKORNY, P.E. – Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Operations. Mr. Pokorny has been employed by the Suffolk County Water Authority since 1995. Starting in the Production Control department overseeing maintenance operations on all SCWA water production and storage facilities, Mr. Pokorny was promoted in 1997 to Chief Engineer, responsible for the budgeting, planning, design and construction of all of SCWA’s production, storage and treatment facilities. He then served as Acting Director of Distribution in the Construction and Maintenance department where he oversaw the installation of all pipeline construction, rehabilitation and repair work associated with SCWA’s 5900-mile distribution system. Prior to working for SCWA, Mr. Pokorny worked for eight years for the Long Island Lighting Company in its Electrical Engineering department, where he worked on a variety of projects from fossil and nuclear power plants to small wastewater treatment plants. He also worked for five years as engineering manager for two systems integration companies designing various automation systems for water, wastewater and transportation systems throughout the Northeast United States. Mr. Pokorny has served as the Chairman of the Long Island Water conference and currently serves as an Executive Board member for that same organization. He is also a member of the AWWA Water Utility Council. Mr. Pokorny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, a Masters in Business Administration from St. John’s University and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York.


th3 TIMOTHY J. HOPKINS, ESQ. – General Counsel. Mr. Hopkins joined the Suffolk County Water Authority in 1992. He is responsible for managing the Water Authority’s Legal Department and outside counsel, and conducts litigation for the Authority. Prior to joining the Water Authority, Hopkins was an associate of Farrell Fritz of Uniondale, NY where he was a member of the municipal litigation department. While attending law school Hopkins was employed by the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Hopkins received his Juris Doctor in 1992 from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Economics in 1986 from Union College. Hopkins is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the Eastern and Northern Districts of New York of the United States District Court. Hopkins has played important roles in issues ranging from the creation of transferable development rights programs to Federal multidistrict MTBE contamination litigation.


lk4DOUGLAS J. CELIBERTI, CFP, CGFM - Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Celiberti was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Suffolk County Water Authority in March 2015. Mr. Celiberti has been employed by SCWA since 2007, during which time he has served as Budget Manager and Director of Accounting. Prior to working for SCWA he served for more than 20 years in the Town of Islip as Internal Auditor, Deputy Comptroller and Comptroller/Director of Finance. Mr. Celiberti is a graduate of Dowling College with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting. A Certified Financial Planner and Certified Government Financial Manager, Mr. Celiberti is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and New York State Government Finance Officers Association, where he has served as Long Island Council Chairman and Board Trustee. He currently serves on the NYS GFOA Legislative Committee.


jt_staff.size JANICE E. TINSLEY, ESQ. – Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Customer Service. Ms. Tinsley joined the Authority in April 2008 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Customer Service. She is responsible for all facets of the Customer Service Division, which include: Metering, Field Service, Workforce Technology, and Call Center operations. Before joining SCWA, Ms. Tinsley was elected to four terms as the Town Clerk for the Town of Babylon. Additionally, she served as Special Assistant to the Babylon Town Supervisor, concentrating on constituent services. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Tinsley was employed in various positions with Northwest Airlines for 18 years. Ms. Tinsley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lycoming College and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Tinsley is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.



DM_staff_size DONNA M. MANCUSO - Director of Administration. Ms. Mancuso has been with the Suffolk County Water Authority since 1985. She began her career as a customer service clerk in the Babylon Office and then transferred to a position in the Engineering department. In 1995, she was selected by the Members of the Board to hold the position of Secretary to the Board. She created an educational outreach program in 2003 for schools in Suffolk County, which has grown to reach over 10,000 students each year in the elementary and middle schools. In 2007, she was promoted to her current position as Director of Administration, overseeing Human Resources, Information Technology, General Services and Transportation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from California Lutheran University, has completed graduate studies toward a Master of Science degree in Education, and is currently working toward an MBA in Public Management at Dowling College.




kdurk_bio_pic_reduce KEVIN P. DURK – Director of Water Quality & Laboratory Services. Mr. Durk has been employed by the Suffolk County Water Authority since 1990 when he began work as a chemist. He has held the titles of Section Leader and Inorganic Laboratory Manager and in 2003 was promoted to Laboratory Manager. In 2014, he was appointed Director of Water Quality and Laboratory Services. Mr. Durk has a B.S. in Engineering Chemistry from Stony Brook University. He is licensed through the New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Approval Program. This national certification allows SCWA’s in-house laboratory to perform chemical and bacteriological testing. He oversees the water quality of nearly 600 wells. With his staff of 48 water quality professionals, Mr. Durk works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Health and Suffolk County Department of Health Services to ensure that drinking water quality and the source water monitoring program meet the highest standards. His working relationship with the EPA has resulted in the SCWA participating in multiple method validation studies and performing peer review of methods prior to them being published. This has led to the SCWA being acknowledged in published EPA methodology. Mr. Durk is a member of the American Water Works Association’s Water Quality Laboratory Committee.