Edward Bielarski Jr. was appointed Gainesville Regional Utilities’ general manager effective June 22, 2015. As a Charter Officer of the City of Gainesville, he directs all GRU activities and advises the City Commission with respect to all matters concerning GRU.
“I seek first to understand and then be understood,” says Bielarski, emphasizing his belief in the importance of listening for management and problem solving.
“You don't build trust by telling people what they want to hear; you do it by telling people what they need to hear.”
Formerly the chief operating and financial officer of the Lehigh County Authority in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bielarski has more than 20 years of utility industry experience, including serving as general manager and chief financial officer of Pennsylvania-based independent power facility Panther Creek Partners from 1992-2012.
As general manager of Panther Creek Partners, Bielarski led a successful $165 million investment grade, tax-exempt bond financing, which resulted in more than $30 million in interest savings. He has also spearheaded multiple modifications to power purchase agreements. As CEO of the Lehigh County Authority, he was the architect of a historic 50 year Concession Agreement with the City of Allentown for its water and wastewater assets.
Bielarski is married with two sons. Outside the office he enjoys pick-up basketball and antiquing. Originally from Baltimore, during the NFL season he can be found rooting for the Ravens. A self-described “foodie,” some of his first Gainesville outings were to local restaurants. Steamed Chesapeake Bay crabs are among his food favorites.
Bielarski holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in strategic management.