LITTLE ROCK — The Board of Commissioners, Central Arkansas Water (CAW), received applications from eight Little Rock residents interested in filling a vacancy on the water board. The board reviewed applications following the regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, January 10, selecting two candidates. The finalists are Jay Barth, PhD and Carolyn Shearman. CAW will announce the date and time for the finalists interviews once details are confirmed. The meeting and interviews will be open to the public and news media.
Finalist Jay Barth, PhD is the Director of the Odyssey Program at Hendrix College and finalist Carolyn Shearman is the former Product Manager and Business Advisor at Acxiom Corporation.
The CAW governing board has seven members who serve seven-year terms. In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 25-20-301, the board must consist of four residents of Little Rock and three residents of North Little Rock. The current vacancy follows the resignation of Commissioner Roby Robertson, a Little Rock board representative. The appointee for the vacancy will fulfill a term beginning February 14, 2019 and ending June 30, 2025, and will be subject to confirmation by the Little Rock Board of Directors and North Little Rock City Council.
CAW is the largest water supplier in the state of Arkansas and serves the Little Rock-North Little Rock metropolitan area. The utility has a retail and wholesale service population of approximately 450,000 in 18 cities and communities. The water commissioners have full and complete authority to manage, operate, improve, extend, and maintain the water works and distribution system. The board also has full and complete charge of the system’s water plan.