Richard S. Dovey

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Rick DoveyRichard S. Dovey is President of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) — a position he has held for more than 27 years. Dovey oversees a staff of 250, an annual operating budget exceeding $60 million, and an annual capital budget averaging $5 million.

ACUA operates a 40 million gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant in Atlantic City, NJ, and a regional sewerage collection system that serves 14 municipalities throughout Atlantic County. ACUA also operates a state-of-the-art solid waste facility and administrative headquarters in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, as well as a regional collection fleet that serves more than 100,000 residents and businesses. 

Under Dovey’s leadership, ACUA has been nationally recognized for excellence in innovation, efficiency and environmental stewardship. As a strong proponent of renewable energy and sustainability, he initiated many of ACUA’s green projects, including: landfill gas-to-electricity, a 500-kilowatt solar installation, South Jersey’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station, New Jersey’s  first wind farm at ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, and most recently, the installation of the state’s first  and largest energy storage battery project. His continued focus on delivering excellent customer service and engaging with the community has made ACUA a highly regarded agency both locally and throughout the state.

Dovey’s career is decorated with leadership roles at numerous environmental and community organizations. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Atlantic County Economic Alliance; Supervisor of the Cape Atlantic Conservation District Board; a member of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees; Chair of the Egg Harbor City Industrial Commission; a member of the Stockton University Foundation Board; and as a member of the Board of Directors for Costal Conservancy, Inc.  He is also a member of several advisory boards at Stockton University, Rowan University of Engineering, Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

Dovey previously served as Chairman of New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council; President of the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey; Chairman of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch; President of the Atlantic County School Board Association; Vice President of the Egg Harbor City Board of Education; and Chairman of the 2011 United Way of Atlantic County Campaign.

As an environmental leader, Dovey is often called to advocate on behalf of the wastewater and solid waste industries. He is frequently asked to lend his knowledge on environmental topics and issues at industry conferences and events.

Prior to joining ACUA, Dovey led the Atlantic County Regional Planning and Development Department and previously served as Manager of the Rutland County Solid Waste District in Vermont.

Dovey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Stockton University (formerly Richard Stockton College of New Jersey). He resides in Egg Harbor City, NJ, with his wife, Mary.

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