Henry F. Vitale, executive director of Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC)), received the 2017 Shattuck Chairman’s Award on Tuesday evening at an event at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. This honor is conferred upon a City department head demonstrating leadership and exceptional dedication to Boston. While Shattuck Awards are given to a select number of outstanding City of Boston employees annually, Mr. Vitale is the first department head to be honored in 12 years.
Shattuck Awards are granted by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, an independent, non-partisan agency dedicated to promoting effective public policy. According to Bureau President Samuel Tyler, Shattuck award recipients not only do their job but also “do it exceptionally well.”
“The Shattuck Awards represent those who epitomize public service. I am proud Boston’s own Henry Vitale has been chosen to be recognized with this honor,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Henry cares deeply about our City, and I thank him for his tireless work to improve the lives of all Boston residents.”
“Henry Vitale is one of the City’s best leaders and he serves Boston with great pride,” notes BWSC Board Chairman Michael Woodall. “His dedication to the community is admirable, and we are thrilled the Research Bureau recognizes his hard work and accomplishments.”
Henry F. Vitale was appointed Executive Director of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission in January 2013. Prior to his appointment, he had since 1995 served as the Commission’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer as well as the Commission’s Controller. Mr. Vitale leads BWSC with his focus and attention on the system’s 90,000 ratepayers, and has made customer satisfaction the agency’s top priority. Nationally, the Commission has earned high regard and respect as a model public utility.
Under Mr. Vitale’s tenure as executive director, the Commission has received numerous awards, including the 2017 “Water Cup” for best tasting tap water in New England from New England Water Works Association, national recognition of “Best of the Best” tap water in 2014 by the American Water Works Association, the 2016 “Regional Recognition Award” and the “Citation for Consistent Service” from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.