Water Works board taps local man Steve Davis to be next president

Steve Davis, senior vice president of engineering and field services for the Columbus Water Works, has been chosen to be the organization’s next president, replacing Bob Tant, who died in December.

Board of Water Commissioners Chairman Philip Thayer said the three finalists chosen and announced recently were all qualified, but Davis’ institutional knowledge gave him an edge.

The board had retained a national management consulting firm to review candidates after Tant’s death, which came just months before he had planned to retire. Three finalists were announced on March 30.

Davis is a 1985 graduate of Georgia Tech, has been with the Water Works since 1991. He currently oversees the capital improvement program. Projects Davis has worked on include the Chattahoochee Riverwalk, the $95 million Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) program, construction of Oxbow Meadows and Fort Benning Water and Wastewater interconnections.

The other finalists were Andrew Neff, the Seminole County (Fla.) director of Environmental services since 2009, and Charles Logue, director of technical services for Renewable Water Resources, which serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County, S.C., and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties.

After Tant died, the Water Works board brought back previous president Billy Turner to act as interim president until a successor could be hired.