Robert H. Brotherton, P.E., President
Brotherton Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 2052
Dunedin, Florida 34697-2052

Phone/Fax: Office (727) 786-3442
Education: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering
Major – Water Resources
Licensed Professional Engineer in Florida and Tennessee
Military: Four years service in the Strategic Air Command Titan II Intercontinental Missile System – Launch Crew, Vietnam Era Veteran, Secret Clearance
Publications: Numerous publications on potable water, reclaimed water, wastewater, and other environmental issues. Contributing author on a leading text book on pumping station design, extensive public speaking on utility and environmental issues.
Organizations: AWWA, WEF, Florida Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, Vice Chairman of NSPE-PEG for Southeast United States, Public Works Academy Board.
Honors: Walter Clausen Award (1998) – Awarded to the person making the greatest contribution to Vocational Education in the State of Florida, Florida West Coast Engineer of the Year 2000, Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society (FES) Technical Achievement Award, DAR Environmental Award, FES Fellow, NSPE Fellow

Professional Engineering Experience

February 2003 to Present – President of Brotherton Engineering, Inc. – Serving with continuing contracts as City Engineer to smaller cities in Pinellas County and the Engineer of Record for condominiums. Also working with other engineering and architectural firms to perform work in specialty areas of water and wastewater system design and operational improvements, downtown redevelopment, undergrounding of power lines and other utilities, and management assistance. Served as the temporary City Manager for the Town of Indian Shores, Florida. Currently assisting the Beach Communities of Pinellas County underground their overhead utilities and streetscape along Gulf Blvd. for public safety and rebuilding the infrastructure of a large 550 unit condominium complex.

August 1985 to February 2003 – Director of Public Works and Utilities, City of Dunedin, Florida. Operating Budget of $22,000,000 and annual capital budget of approximately $20,000,000. Approximately 14,000 utility accounts in a City of 37,000 people. Responsibilities include budget, 6-year capital improvement plan, and management of 175 staff in the areas of water, wastewater, stormwater, reclaimed water, streets, drainage, engineering, traffic control, building maintenance, solid waste, recycling, and fleet. Responsibilities include all consultant negotiations and contracts per Florida CCNA requirements, public relations, engineering design for roads and utilities, water resource planning and downtown redevelopment design and assistance to the Community Redevelopment Agency. All enterprise operations include 5-year business plans. I have appeared on several TV talk shows and dealt extensively with the news media on Water Issues. Accomplishments for the City of Dunedin include completion of design and construction of a new 6.0 MGD Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant providing highly treated Reclaimed Water, fully developed city-wide Reclaimed Water Transmission, Storage, and distribution system, 9.5 MGD Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant expandable to 12 MGD utilizing a combined raw water supply of fresh and brackish water, expanded well field with well operations permitted by SWFWMD with 10 year operating permits, raw water main design and construction program, water distribution system replacement program, resolution of all major flooding problems in the City of Dunedin, design and construction of a new library, senior center, fire station and administration building, expansion of the fleet maintenance facility to include the Pinellas County Sheriff fleet operations for North Pinellas County, several major intersection improvements and signalization, design of all of the Downtown Streetscape and Redevelopment in the City of Dunedin, expansion and reconstruction of the Dunedin Marina, smoke testing program for the Dunedin gravity sewer system, exotic vegetation removal program for the City, canal dredging, construction of two aluminum golf cart bridges, and utility rate studies, and strategic planning. I have obtained approximately $10,000,000 in grants including $8,500,000 from the SWFWMD Pinellas-Anclote Basin Board and $1,500,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Investigated the option of creating a municipal electric utility for the City of Dunedin to benefit the City utilities including water production and reducing power rates for all Dunedin residents. Also managed the Design/Build process for the original construction of a stadium for the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training Facilities, with a $14,000,000 expansion constructed in 2002. Local Agency Planning (LAP) certified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Jan 1983 to August 1985 – County Engineer and Hydrologist for Knox County, Tennessee. Duties included floodplain management, residential and commercial land development, plans review per code requirements, development of regulations for stormwater management, developed road and drainage design standards, design of wastewater facilities, bridge design, road design, bridge inspections, hazardous waste site investigations, sinkhole investigations/repairs, and hydrology.

1974 to Jan. 1983 – Associate with Envirodyne Engineers located in the Knoxville, Tennessee Regional office. Envirodyne Engineers was approximately 120 in the top 500 engineering firms in the United States. The headquarters was in Chicago. This firm has now merged with another large engineering firm. I progressed from a junior level design engineer to an officer in this company over a 9-year period. I performed many large planning studies, financial feasibility analysis, water and sewer designs, and construction management projects. I also prepared budgets and manpower forecasts and office management functions for this regional office. Examples of my design experience include: Planning, design, construction, and operations start-up of the $60 million dollar Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Facility for the City of Knoxville, Tennessee (1975). This plant included a special treatment scheme to treat stormwater due to the combined storm and wastewater collection system, primary, secondary, nitrification treatment, anaerobic sludge treatment with power production from waste gas. My duties included design of many of the system components and project cost control, coordination of four other engineering firm subcontractors, and development of the operations manual. This manual was used by the EPA Region 4 as the standard O&M format still in existence today. I designed the collection and pumping system for the Knox Chapman Utility District Sewer System and obtained financing. Designed the Stock Creek Campground for the 1982 World’s Fair. Designed many public use facilities for the Corps of Engineers including roads, boat ramps, water systems, and recreation facilities. Designed iron removal, and lime softening water treatment plants, storage facilities, and distribution systems for many utility districts and cities in Tennessee. I designed the first hazardous waste landfill site closure in Tennessee.

1970 to 1974 – College Student at the University of Tennessee.

1967 to 1970 – U.S. Air Force, Titan II Missile Launch Crew (Vietnam Era Veteran).

Professional Papers and Publications

Throughout my career, I have published numerous papers for professional organizations, performed numerous speaking engagements, and co-authored one engineering design textbook on pumping system design. I have always been an active participant in seminars and conferences and I am not satisfied in just attending. I participate in the Florida Board of Professional Engineers mandatory continuing Education Program. I encourage my staff to also be active participants in professional organizations and prepare technical papers. I believe that it is extremely important to keep current on technologies that affect the Utility Industry since decisions that are made involve large public investments. I participated in the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) “Think Tank” in Pamona, California, on “Leadership Requirements for Leaders in the Utility Industry for the 21st Century”. I also participate in the World Bank and United Nations forums on world water issues. If you would like examples of these publications, I would be glad to provide the material.


  • Familiar with Total Quality Management (TQM) and Strategic Planning, preparation of 5-year business plans for municipal operations • Solid waste studies, building space needs analysis, and fleet maintenance facility design.
  • Can operate a PC with Windows Operating System with Word, Excel, graphics, and other software applications.
  • Familiar with on-line research, access to government regulations, and data available through public works and utility professional organizations.
  • Significant experience in obtaining grants. Familiar with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) cooperative funding program. Interface regularly with SWFWMD staff and board members. Significant grant history.
  • Knowledgeable in the area of finance, bond issues, present worth analysis of alternatives, interest rate calculations, annual cost calculations and other time value of money calculations. I have prepared engineering reports for bond issues.
  • Familiar with land use planning, zoning issues, site plan issues for land development, drainage, downtown redevelopment, traffic calming, urban planning, residential subdivision and commercial construction.
  • Familiar with the Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA), and other Florida statutes relating to the utility industry and municipal operations and construction techniques.
  • Familiar with the political process and working for a Board while providing leadership to governmental staff. I understand Florida laws pertaining to government in the “Sunshine”.
  • Understand rules and regulations relative to management of personal, hiring of staff, progressive discipline action, design management, and construction management.
  • Certified as an expert witness for court testimony for drainage litigation.
  • Enforcement of FEMA Flood regulations, flood plain management, drainage analysis.
  • Significant experience in the preparation of contract bid documents for design-build and normal design/bid/construct projects, Value Engineering, and construction management.
  • 20 years of experience in local government operations and management in Florida. 17 years of engineering consultant design and construction management experience.
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