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Metro Newsroom

Greg Heitzman to Lead MSD

Monday December 10, 2012

Saying that Greg Heitzman has done an excellent job of operating the Metropolitan Sewer District and regaining the public’s trust during the past year, Mayor Greg Fischer today named him the agency’s permanent executive director.

Heitzman, the longtime president of Louisville Water, will move into his new role by May 1 and he will help to lead a potential consolidation between MSD and Louisville Water, a concept called One Water. Louisville Water will soon begin a search for a new leader.

“Greg, along with the MSD board and employees, have transformed the agency and — in just one short year — they have implemented sweeping changes addressing all the findings by the state auditor,” Fischer said. “Greg has brought his commitment to quality control and continuous improvement to MSD and our citizens, and especially the ratepayers, are thankful for his leadership.”

Heitzman had planned on retiring next year but, over the weekend, Fischer convinced him to take the permanent role at MSD. Heitzman spent the past year as president of Louisville Water and interim executive director of MSD.

“I want to thank the Mayor for his confidence and I look forward to the opportunity to lead MSD through the next stage of transition. Over the next year, we will build on the work from the audit and begin a new strategic business planning process and transform MSD into a customer focused utility,” Heitzman said. “We will need the full engagement and partnership with all employees to be successful and I am excited to see us continue to move forward.”

Fischer said Heitzman’s experience with both agencies will ensure a smooth transition during the potential consolidation. Both agencies are currently conducting separate due diligence efforts before determining if a consolidation is feasible and best for customers. That process should be completed by next fall.

MSD and Louisville Water have already begun sharing some resources, including:

  • Implementing a new Customer Care and Billing System. This $28 million system will enhance customer services for water and sewer service in the region;
  • Partnering with Metro Safe to begin using the state of the art Emergency Management radio system, saving over $150,000 in annual operating costs;
  • Sharing operating resources. For example, LWC crews now pour concrete for MSD street repairs, LWC and MSD will be using the Metro paving contract, and MSD vacuum equipment will be available for use by water crews.
An independent study concluded that up to $25 million in efficiencies could be realized with a consolidation and sharing of resources.