Executive Bio – Al Wiggins, Jr. Commissioner

Al Wiggins, Jr. - Commissioner

Al Wiggins, Jr. serves as the Commissioner for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM). He is responsible for oversight of the Department’s dedicated workforce of over 1,300 employees, a $649M annual operating budget, a five-year capital improvement plan of $1B, including the Water Supply Program and the nearly $4 billion Clean Water Atlanta Consent Decree Program aimed at the elimination of sanitary sewer overflows and overall compliance with two Federal Consent Decrees (CSO and SSO) and a state Consent Order to improve water quality.

Commissioner Wiggins has over 20 years of experience in city, county, and local government. He is a dedicated public servant who brings strategic leadership and financial expertise to the Department of Watershed Management. Wiggins started as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works in the City of Atlanta on March 1, 2021. As Commissioner, he managed the daily administrative operations and implemented new technology to advance the department. Wiggins also played a crucial role in establishing strategic business and community partnerships and improving solid waste operations throughout the pandemic.

Before his tenure as Commissioner, Wiggins, a United States Air Force veteran, demonstrated his leadership and management skills as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Chamblee. He demonstrated his ability to handle complex challenges and produce desired results by overseeing daily operations and capital projects, which included conducting a significant audit of the City’s fee collections. This audit corrected the fair market tax value by over $40 million and helped recover over $500,000 in delinquent payments owed to the City. Wiggins also implemented a cost-neutral reorganization of the Parks and Public Works Departments to eliminate redundant services and increase the delivery of high-priority services.

Wiggins previously served as City Manager and Planning, Building, and Zoning Director for the City of Forest Park. Other local government positions held by Wiggins include Division Manager with Cobb County Community Development, Lead City Marshal with the City of Smyrna, and Public Works Supervisor with the City of Avondale Estates. He launched his career in local government as a police officer in the City of Avondale Estates.

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