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Fischer names Utility and Public Works Task Force

Thursday January 12, 2012

Group’s work to be completed by April 25

Mayor Greg Fischer today named a seven-member task force to examine the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District and determine ways it can co-operate with Louisville Water Company and the city’s Public Works Department.

The group’s members are:

  • John Huber, served for 16 years as president of the Water Company, with expertise in utility management. Huber will be chairing the task force;
  • Wendell Wright, retired from Qk4 engineering firm and the former Director of Jefferson County Public Works and former Chief of Operations for the Jefferson County Judge/Executive. He brings expertise in government, Public Works, the environment and development;
  • Pete Mahurin, chairman of Hilliard Lyons, with expertise in finance;
  • Al Cornish, vice president at Norton Healthcare and former vice chairman of The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.
  • Joe Wise, business manager at Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, with expertise in labor issues;
  • Scott Brinkman, former State Representative and an attorney, with expertise in mergers and acquisitions;
  • Diane Cornwell, founder of StarFish Consulting, with expertise in auditing and business and tax issues. She also spent 23 years with Arthur Andersen where she was a tax partner.

The task force — named the Louisville Utility and Public Works Advisory Group — will work with a national consultant with experience in utility management and operations. The review will include, among other things, identifying industry trends in other cities among water, wastewater and public works management. The task force also will examine potential partnerships and a possible merger between MSD and Louisville Water.

The task force report is due to Mayor Fischer on April 25.