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Louisville Water president and CEO stepping down

Has been with company for 20 years

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) — Jim Brammell, president and CEO of Louisville Water, announced he will retire effective Jan. 1, 2016, ending a 20-year career with the company. The announcement comes amid 2014 DUI charges in Oldham County.

Jim Brammell
Jim Brammell

Last month Brammell pleaded guilty to charges of speeding and aggravated driving under the influence. Brammell who was driving 96 miles per hour in a La Grange work zone, had a breath-alcohol test of 0.177—more than twice the legal limit, according to the The Courier-Journal. Brammell, who entered an Alford plea—which allows defendants to plead guilty and maintain their innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence to convict— was ordered to pay $718 in fees, fines and court costs.

Brammell joined Louisville Water in 1995 and was named president and CEO in 2013 after serving seven years as vice-president and chief engineer.

During his career at Louisville Water, Brammell has been involved in initiatives that improved water quality and expanded Louisville Water’s footprint in the region.  Most recently, Brammell oversaw the renovation of the company’s Crescent Hill Filtration Plant and was part of a team that put the Riverbank Filtration project on-line at the B.E. Payne Plant.  Today, both of those facilities are ranked as two of the top 14 water treatment plants in North America.

Brammell has been instrumental in Louisville Water’s regionalization efforts, working to bring the company’s supply of drinking water to communities surrounding Jefferson County.  As a steward of the company’s history and rich architecture, he guided projects to open the WaterWorks Museum at the company’s original pumping station in 2014 and to restore the Crescent Hill Gatehouse in 2015.

During his term as president, the company exceeded the dividend expectation to its owner Louisville Metro and Louisville Water received a Platinum Award for Outstanding Utility Operations from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

Brammell’s retirement highlights an engineering career that has spanned over 30 years. Prior to joining Louisville Water, he worked with the Army Corp of Engineers for 11 years.  Brammell is a member of the American Water Works Association and the National Society of Professional Engineers and is active in the community, serving on several boards and commissions.

Brammell is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville and is licensed as both a professional engineer and land surveyor in Kentucky.

The Board of Water Works will discuss its transition plan at its next meeting on Nov. 17.