Tom Kula has served as the Executive Director and General Manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District since May 1, 2014. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the NTMWD’s operations, management, planning, and services. With an annual operations and capital budget of more than $500 million, NTMWD provides drinking water treatment and delivery, wastewater collection and treatment, and solid waste services for a population of 1.7 million people in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. NTMWD operates one of the nation’s largest advanced water treatment plants at Wylie, TX, with a capacity of 770 million gallons per day. NTMWD’s service area covers 2,200 square miles in 10 counties and serves about 80 communities with drinking water, over 1 million with wastewater collection and treatment, and approximately 800,000 for solid waste collection and transfer to a regional disposal site.
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Experience & Background
Kula was born and grew up in North Chicago, IL along the shores of Lake Michigan. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and awarded a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering upon graduation in 1982 from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. He served in the Army for 32 years reaching the rank of Brigadier General and in his last assignment served as Commanding General of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Dallas, TX from July 2010 until April 2014. His previous military assignments included assignments in Germany; at the home of the Engineers and Maneuver Support Center in Fort Leonard Wood, MO; with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC, the Pentagon; US SOUTHERN COMMAND in Miami, FL; and a combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. In his final assignment as commander of the Southwestern Division, US Army Corps of Engineers, he led a 3,200-person engineering and construction organization, including four district offices located in Little Rock, AR, Tulsa, OK, and Fort Worth and Galveston, TX. The division area covered all or part of seven states, with annual programs totaling $5.4 billion. Most notably, Southwestern Division operated and managed over 90 reservoirs that provided flood control and water supply for millions of people in TX, OK, AR, MO and KS. Kula carried his passion for serving and for water from his work with the Army and the Corps over to his position with North Texas Municipal Water District.
Mr. Kula serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Water Conservation Association, National Waterways Conference, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, North Texas Commission, and as a member of the Region C Water Planning Group.