Texarkana Water Utilities will have a new leader come October, but he will be very familiar to those who work there.Texarkana, Ark., City Manager Kenny Haskin and Texarkana, Texas City Manager John Whitson named J.D. Phillips as interim director of Texarkana Water Utilities Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24, 2015 at a TWU staff meeting at 801 Wood Street.

Haskin addressed a room full of director-level staff at the meeting.

“After much collaboration with Mr. Whitson, and consideration for all our options, we had no trouble coming to the conclusion that J.D. was the man for the job,” Haskin said.

Whitson agreed that “Dr. Haskin and I are not going to rush into finding a permanent executive director,” Whitson said. “J.D. is certainly capable of performing as an interim executive director.”

J.D. Phillips has been employed by Texarkana Water Utilities for the past 25 years. He is currently the Director of Engineering and will be the interim director effective Oct. 3, 2015.

Bill King, who has been the Executive Director of Texarkana Water Utilities since the late 1980's,  tendered his resignation effective Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

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