Central Arkansas Water announced late this afternoon that Graham Rich, the utility’s chief executive for 8 and a half years, is resigning to take a job in his home state of South Carolina.

He’ll be CEO of ReWa (Renewable Water Resources), the wastewater treatment utility in the Greenville (not Greensboro as I originally wrote) metropolitan area. It’s an area comparable to  Little Rock.


C. Tad Bohannon, a Little Rock lawyer who’s been the agency’s chief legal counsel, will be interim director. Rich’s resignation takes effect Jan. 8.

From a release:


The Board of Commissioners thanks Mr. Rich for his 8 1/2 years of outstanding service to the utility. Mr. Rich guided the utility through a process of continuous improvement, dedicating the company to sound financial policies and focusing relentlessly on implementing effective utility management practices and the watershed management initiative. Mr. Rich is leaving CAW to return to South Carolina where he has been named as the Executive Director of ReWa (Renewable Water Resources).

Prior to his appointment as interim Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bohannon served as the utility’s Chief Legal Counsel for almost two years. Prior to joining CAW, Mr. Bohannon was a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP and had served as an outside legal advisor to CAW in several different capacities, including general counsel, for over 20 years. 

Rich leaves at a fairly calm time. The tough effort to protect the Lake Maumelle watershed is nearly at a successful conclusion in terms of some hard-fought new county rules. The utility is working to add Maumelle to the cities it serves. It has some rate increases on the table with the Little Rock Board.