The District is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board consists of seven members, each of whom serves a five-year term and who are appointed as follows:
- two by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland;
- two by a council of governments comprised of representatives of all the suburban communities served by the District system called the Suburban Council of Governments;
- one by the Cuyahoga County Council;
- one by the appointing authority of the subdistrict with the greatest sewage flow (currently the Mayor of the City of Cleveland); and
- one by the appointing authority of the subdistrict with the greatest population (which is currently the Suburban Council of Governments).
The Board meets twice each month in regular public meetings to discuss and determine policy and to act upon resolutions presented by the District's staff.
Darnell Brown was appointed to the Board by the City of Cleveland Mayor in September, 2001. Mr. Brown is the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Cleveland. He attended Ohio University and is also a member of numerous professional agencies, including the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan Coordinating Committee and the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.
Ronald D. Sulik
A former District Trustee from 1985 to 1994, Ronald D. Sulik was reappointed to the Board for his second term by the Suburban Council of Governments in February, 2002. He served as Mayor of the Village of Newburgh Heights for 12 years and has more than 30 years experience in public and private accounting, budgeting, cost analysis and financial planning.
Sheila J. Kelly
Sheila J. Kelly was appointed to the Board by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland in May of 1994. She has been Vice President of Villa Realty since 1982.
President of IBEW Local 38 since 2007, Walter O'Malley has been a member of IBEW since 1982. He completed his apprenticeshi1986 and has held a variety of elected union positions throughout his tenure. He is currently chairman of the IBEW Pension Fund, Health and Welfare Fund and Joint Apprentice and Training Committee. He was appointed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson for a term effective March 5, 2009.
Mayor Jack Bacci
Mayor Bacci was appointed to the Board by the Suburban Council of Governments in 2010. Prior to becoming Mayor, he worked as a patrolman for the Cuyahoga Heights Police Department and eventually became a detective, serving at the department for almost 15 years.
Gary W. Starr
Gary W. Starr was appointed to the Board in 1994 by the Suburban Council of Governments. He has served as Mayor of the City of Middleburg Heights since 1981 and previously served three terms as City Councilman. He is a member of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association, served on the Board of Trustees of Southwest General Hospital, The New Stadium Corporation (Gateway) and The Northcoast Harbor Development Corporation (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame). Mayor Starr was named by the Ohio Jaycees as one of the "Five Outstanding Young Men in the State of Ohio," and was named to the first class of the Midpark High School Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Ashland University and holds a Juris Doctoral Degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.