Richard S. Dovey is President of the Atlantic County
Utilities Authority (ACUA) – a position he has held for more than 25 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, he initiated many of ACUA’s green projects,
such as a 500-kilowatt solar project, a landfill gas-to-electricity project,
South Jersey’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station and, most notably,
the construction of New Jersey’s first wind farm at ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment
Facility. 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 Vice Chairman of the Cape Atlantic Conservation District Board of Supervisors; Chairman of the
Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees; Chair of the Egg Harbor City Industrial
Commission; and Chair of the Stockton University Foundation Board. 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
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
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.