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Former Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District CEO Julius Ciaccia joins Roetzel lobbying firm

By Laura Hancock, The Plain Dealer,

July 18, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District CEO Julius Ciaccia Jr. has joined the lobbying arm of Roetzel & Andress, the law firm announced Monday afternoon.

Ciaccia is based in Cleveland and assists clients with state and federal lobbying, crisis avoidance and management, coalition building and procurement and business development strategies.

The firm represents a range of clients, from nonprofits, for-profits, utilities and public-sector institutions.

Ciaccia said he retired from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in February and started with Roetzel in March. He's working as a consultant on a part-time basis, as clients need him, he said.

He said his work sends him around the region and country. 

"I recently was in Detroit doing some work there," he said. "It depends on where the need is."

Ciaccia is known regionally and nationally for his expertise in infrastructure, Roetzel & Andress' statement said. At Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, he oversaw one of the nation's largest wastewater management utilities as it implements a $3 billion stormwater management project to meet U.S. EPA requirements and keep sewage out of Lake Erie.

He began his career in public utilities in 1977, previously serving as commissioner of Cleveland Water and was director of Cleveland's Department of Public Utilities. 

Ciaccia said two Northeast Ohio professional acquaintances -- Galen Schuerlein and Lewis W. Adkins Jr. -- recruited him to work for Roetzel Consulting Solutions, the recently formed lobbying arm of the law firm.

Schuerlein previously served as chief counsel for the City of Cleveland and an assistant prosecutor with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office.

Adkins has worked as general counsel to Summit County. He currently serves as a trustee for the University of Akron.