Louisville Water and MSD Announce Transition Coordinator for "One Water" Initiative
Wednesday, November 12, 2014Louisville Water and MSD have named Tim Kraus, an engineer with over 28 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry as the Director of Business Transformation for the "One Water" initiative. Kraus will coordinate the work of employee teams to consolidate support functions at the utilities, track savings and identify additional opportunities for efficiencies. Kraus will report directly to Louisville Water President and CEO Jim Brammell and MSD Executive Director Greg Heitzman. This position allows one person to have an exclusive focus on the One Water efforts without the responsibility of the day-to-day operations for Louisville Water and MSD. Kraus will help to accelerate the current efforts in five functional areas (Customer Service, Fleet, Human Resources, Information Technology and Procurement) and Phase 2 of this initiative in 2015. Last week, during a joint board meeting of the Louisville Water and MSD Boards, Brammell and Heitzman indicated the organizations project to save $1 million with One Water initiatives in 2015. Kraus is a licensed engineer and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School. Prior to being selected for the Director of Business Transformation, Kraus was the Midwest Regional Manager for O'Brien & Gere Engineering where he worked with water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky and Tennessee including Louisville Water, Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, city of Chattanooga, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and the city of Frankfort. Kraus has also served as Mayor of the City of Norbourne Estates and served on the Kentucky Plumbing Code Committee. He is active in the Water Environment Federation, a national association dedicated to clean water. Kraus has received many awards throughout his career including the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in the Engineering Profession from the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. Kraus will begin his work at Louisville Water and MSD on December 1.