The Board of Water Works Trustees of Des Moines Water Works
has selected Bill Stowe
as CEO and General Manager.
"Bill Stowe is a capable leader who is well prepared for the challenges and opportunities facing Water Works, one of Des Moines' greatest assets," said Graham Gillette, Board of Water Works Trustees member and co-chair of the search committee.
is an innovator who understands the role Water Works plays in ensuring Central Iowa's future."
was one of five finalists interviewed by the Board of Trustees and questioned by employee and community panelists earlier this month.
The five finalists were chosen from a large field of candidates.
Stowe replaces Randy Beavers who has served Des Moines Water Works for 31 years, the last 5 as its CEO and General Manager.
Beavers will retire September 7, and Stowe
will assume his duties on September 24.
Stowe currently serves as Assistant Manager-Public Works/Engineering for the City of Des Moines, a position he has held since 1999.
Prior to that, Stowe was the Human Resources Director for the City of Des Moines, Operations Manager for MidAmerican Energy, as well as an analyst for Shell Oil, labor relations representative for Inland Steel Industries and a field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board.
Stowe has a B.A. from Grinnell College, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, a M.S. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Loyola University Law School.
"It's a privilege to have an opportunity to lead this exceptional utility in service to our community.
I welcome the opportunity to join with the employees of Water Works
to continue to provide valued water services to our customers throughout the region," said Stowe