Kenneth Morgan named Fort Worth water director

Kenneth Morgan, who has experience in water and wastewater, including management roles at several utilities, is the new director of the Fort Worth Water Department.

While Morgan earned his civil engineering degree from University of Missouri-Rolla, he was a co-op student with Schlumberger and eventually worked full-time for the company after graduation. Early in his career, Morgan joined Denver Water and worked his way up the ranks, leading projects such as inspections of reservoirs, a rehabilitation program and design and relocation of water lines.

In 2002, he became managing director of community development at the City of O’Fallon, Mo. He was responsible for public works, planning, construction management, streets, contracts for wastewater and water, building, engineering and inspectors in the city of 75,000.

In 2004, he took an operations manager role with the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District, the sixth largest sewer district in the country at the time. There he developed teams and grew employee productivity. Next, he took an operations manager role at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities.

Morgan became deputy water services director at the City of Phoenix, responsible for the city’s water distribution system, which had a service area of 540 square miles and served 1.5 million people. In 2013, Morgan accepted the role of public works director in Gilbert, Ariz., population 240,000.

Morgan has been consulting for the past year with California and Nevada’s American Water Works Association branches. His consulting services focused on training and include operator certification training, workshops to help agencies better manage their assets, evaluation of crews and development of standard operating procedures.

Morgan starts work in Fort Worth on Dec. 11.

Fort Worth-based Mackenzie Eason & Associates executed the search that resulted in Morgan’s hiring.

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