New director replaces Wheeler at Toho Water Authority

Toho Water Authority – Osceola County’s largest provider of water services – has a new executive director.  

Todd Swingle this month replaced longtime Toho Water executive Brian Wheeler, who had held the job since Toho Water’s inception in 2003 through an act of the Florida Legislature. Prior to that, water services were operated by the city of Kissimmee.

Swingle comes to Toho Water from Orange County Utilities, where he was deputy director of utilities from 2015 to 2018.

Coming back to work in Osceola County is a bit of a homecoming for Swingle, whose annual salary is $180,000.

The Okeechobee native was public services administrator for the city of St. Cloud from 2003 to 2011, and also has experience in the private sector. Swingle earned master’s degrees in engineering and business from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida, respectively.

“I’m very familiar with Toho from my days at St. Cloud. It’s always been an organization I admired. From how it’s how it works with and across all member governments,” he said. “Brian did a great job of creating an organization that serves the community.”

Short- and long-term projections show Osceola County continues to grow by tens of thousands of people in the next decade, all of whom require water.

“Continuing to plan for future water supplies is one of the big issues that we’ll face,” Swingle said. “It’s about planning for both meeting the growth and demand and protecting the environment.”

Toho Water Authority  serves over 100,000 customers, has 314 employees and has a $124 million operating budget.

Toho was established for the sole purpose of providing regional stewardship over water resources in Osceola County.