Conexión San Ángelo /Staff report

SAN ANGELO – Allison Strube has been promoted to Water Utilities director after a search that yielded 36 applicants. The appointment takes effect immediately.

San Angelo’s water utilities director is responsible for all operational and infrastructure matters related to water supply, production, distribution, quality and conservation. The director is also responsible for wastewater treatment, utilities maintenance, billing and customer service.

“Everyone agrees water is San Angelo’s number-one issue,” Strube said. “Without it, our community can’t thrive the way we all want it to. Beyond ensuring San Angelo has an abundant water supply, Water Utilities is also striving to improve our water quality, our infrastructure’s reliability and the ease of our customer service. To be entrusted with these responsibilities is both a great honor and a welcome challenge. I’m committed to making a difference.”

Strube replaces Bill Riley, who retired Dec. 8. She had served as interim director since then and as the assistant director since 2015.  

“She’s extremely qualified and the right fit for this organization,” Public Works Executive Director Ricky Dickson said. “Allison understands our most pressing needs and issues, and the factors that influence those. Her work has earned her the respect and trust of her colleagues. All of that is important. It makes the transition seamless.” 

Strube joined the City in 2012 as a project engineer in the Engineering Services Department. In that job, she designed system improvements and evaluated infrastructure issues related to water and sewer. She also managed Capital Improvements Plan projects and reviewed site development plans to ensure compliance with ordinances and other regulations.

As assistant director of Water Utilities, she assisted in administering department’s operations, including water treatment, reclamation and conservation; utility maintenance; and special projects. She evaluated capital plans, and recommended priorities and funding for infrastructure improvements.

Strube previously worked as a product engineer for Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, and is a licensed Professional Engineering in Texas.

The job opening for assistant director of Water Utilities will soon be posted on the City’s website at