Organizational Manager Walter Barrett



Walter Barrett joined the City of San Antonio's Solid Waste Management Department as the Organizational Manager in September of 2008. As the department’s Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance Chief, Mr. Barrett provides leadership to a staff of 549 and ensures the consistent application of and compliance to City and departmental policies and procedures. Mr. Barrett oversees the operations of the department's Safety, Reliability, Quality Assurance and Training Division, Customer Service Section, and district service facilities. He also reviews, prepares, and analyzes fiscal information to ensure the department’s $91 million budget maximizes its return for rate payers.

Moreover, Mr. Barrett serves as the department’s human resources coordinator; in this role he manages training and recruiting efforts and assesses existing and prospective candidates for promotions and hiring, respectively. Mr. Barrett’s guiding professional philosophy is to manage personnel and resources in a manner that always ensure the department’s mission, values, and goals are always met.

Mr. Barrett is a seasoned professional within the solid waste management industry with over fifteen years of experience. Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, Mr. Barrett served in many capacities including acting manager over the residential collection program for the City of Tampa's Department of Solid Waste. In that position, he led the implementation of the city’s first fully automated refuse collection program. Mr. Barrett successfully lead and coordinated emergency management response teams in Tampa, Florida and San Antonio, Texas. He is a former union executive board member with collective bargaining experience. 

professional membership

Mr. Barrett is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). He has also received certification from the Solid Waste Association of North America, National Incident Management Systems, and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. 


During his position with the City of Tampa, Mr. Barrett received recognition for his exceptional leadership skills and was awarded an Excellence in Leadership Award. Furthermore, Mr. Barrett was also voted best Manager/Supervisor by his peers and employees in 2007 and 2008.

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