Mitchell to succeed retiring Gallegos as general counsel at American Water

Camden-based American Water, the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the U.S., announced Friday that Stacy Mitchell has been named general counsel.

Mitchell succeeds James Gallegos, who is retiring.

American Water CEO Susan Hardwick saluted them both.

“While we wish Jim well as he begins his retirement, we are so pleased to have Stacy in this role,” she said. “With more than 25 years of experience in legal and regulatory work, Stacy is an excellent addition to our executive team. She has deep regulatory, litigation, business planning and strategy development expertise and has successfully led our multistate regulatory and legal teams.”

Mitchell most recently served as American Water’s deputy general counsel, where she led the company’s regulatory strategy and the execution of overall companywide legal strategies.

Prior to joining American Water in 2019, Mitchell served as vice president, rates and regulatory affairs, for SJI Utilities in Atlantic City. She also served in that capacity for SJI’s subsidiary, South Jersey Gas.

Before joining SJI, Mitchell worked in private practice, where she provided litigation, regulatory and environmental counsel.

Mitchell serves as a member of the American Water Works Association’s Water Utility Council and council treasurer.

Mitchell received her Bachelor of Science (environmental studies) from Stockton College and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law.