Board of Water Commissioners


CWW Board of Water CommissionersThe Columbus Board of Water Commissioners was established by state law in 1903. When the City of Columbus and Muscogee County consolidated in 1971, the Board was brought into the consolidated government's charter. Columbus Water Works is an executive department of the consolidated government, with authority to establish policies and provide services. CWW is funded through fees received from its rate payers and does not receive property tax dollars.

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Karl Douglass, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Mr. Billy Blanchard, Mr. Philip Thayer and Dr. Carole Rutland.

The Board is made up of five members, with the mayor of Columbus serving as an ex-officio member and the remaining four seats appointed by the Columbus City Council (two from districts, two at-large). Commissioners are appointed for four years and can serve for up to two terms. The terms run through the end of the calendar year and are staggered so that only one new Commissioner is appointed at a time.

The Columbus Board of Water Commissioners:
  • Mr. Billy Blanchard, Chairman
  • Dr. Carole Rutland, Treasurer
  • Mr. Karl Douglass
  • Mr. Reynolds Bickerstaff
  • Honorable Mayor Teresa Tomlinson