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Chief Engineer Jim Brammell Named as President and CEO of Louisville Water

Thursday July 25, 2013

The Board of Water Works has named Jim Brammell as President and CEO of Louisville Water.  The Board unanimously approved Brammell’s selection at a special called meeting on Thursday.  Brammell will succeed Greg Heitzman who left Louisville Water in May to become the Executive Director at Louisville MSD and had served as interim President and CEO of Louisville Water since then.


Jim Brammell President and CEOSince 2007, Brammell has served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Engineer at Louisville Water. He came to the company in 1995 after an 11-year career with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.   He has over 31 years of engineering experience.


“The Board has unwavering confidence in Jim’s ability to lead this organization,” said Marita Willis, Chair of the Board of Water Works. “He understands the significance of Louisville Water to not only the Louisville community and region but the water industry.  He will continue the tradition of excellence that is a hallmark of Louisville Water.”


Brammell becomes the 18th president in Louisville Water’s 159-year-history and immediately begins his new role.  “I am honored to assume the role as President and CEO and appreciate the confidence the Board has placed in me,” said Brammell. “Working with our employees, my focus will continue to be on producing the best-tasting tap water in America, exceeding regulatory standards. We’ll continue to deliver customers exceptional service and value and look for opportunities to share our abundant resource, the Ohio River, with regional partners.”


Brammell will also lead Louisville Water’s effort to work more closely with Louisville MSD as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s vision for a “One Water” entity.  The due diligence by both Louisville Water and MSD will conclude this fall at which time both boards will make a final recommendation for consolidation of water and sewer services.  Brammell has been part of the due diligence process and will continue to work with Heitzman through his role as Executive Director of MSD to identify opportunities for the two organizations to work more closely.


“Jim has deep knowledge of the water company and he will continue the tradition of excellence that is embedded in the culture,” Fischer said. “He also has been a key member of the team examining the One Water concept. That experience is valuable as we look to develop a more coordinated and sustainable future for the water systems in Louisville.  I look forward to working with Jim and Greg Heitzman to begin the process of consolidation to create an efficient and effective One Water for all the citizens of Louisville.”



Jim Brammell brings 31 years of engineering experience to his new role as President and CEO of Louisville Water Company.  Brammell came to Louisville Water in 1995 after 11 years with the Army Corp of Engineers.  He has served in multiple engineering and operations capacities at Louisville Water and has been Chief Engineer since January 2007.  Brammell is a member of the American Water Works Association and the National Society of Professional Engineers. 


Brammell is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville and is licensed as both a professional engineer and land surveyor in Kentucky.  Brammell is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Derby Festival and as Chairman of the Louisville Metro-Animal Services S.P.O.T. Board.  In addition, Brammell is a member of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences Board, the UofL Center for Infrastructure Research Advisory Board and a member of the Jefferson County Water Management Council for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency.