Today, the Columbus City Utilities Board voted to appoint Roger Kelso as Director of Columbus City Utilities. Mr. Kelso replaces Keith Reeves, who has served as Interim Director since April 2021.

Mr. Kelso brings more than 45 years of water and sewer industry experience to the position. Since 2015, Mr. Kelso has been a consultant to Arcadis, Inc., where he has advised various clients on water and sewer projects. He has also held leadership positions with CHA, RW Armstrong and the Town of Nashville, Indiana, where he served as Town Manager from 1995 until 2002.

“We are very excited to have Roger at the helm of Columbus City Utilities,” said Keith Reeves, Interim Director. “His project management experience and roots in our community are an asset as we move ahead with major infrastructure improvements to our water and sewer utilities. His leadership will be key in completing the tasks ahead of us.”

Mr. Kelso is a 1988 graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Indiana and has held certifications as a Certified Drinking Operator and Certified Wastewater Operator. A resident of Nashville, Indiana, Mr. Kelso is currently President of Nashville Utility Service Board (which he helped to create) and is the former President of the Nashville Town Council. Local residents may recognize him from the Columbus Farmer’s Market, as owner of Red Rooster Microfarms, where he sold various microgreens, kombucha and vinegars.

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