Meet the Commissioners
Charleston Water System is an independent public utility governed by a Board of Commissioners.
Three Commissioners are elected at large by majority vote and serve six-year year terms. The Mayor of Charleston and an appointed City Council member are ex-officio members of the Board.
The Board acts as an oversight and policy-making body and has full authority to approve contracts, purchase property, and authorize water/wastewater rate adjustments.
The utility's daily operations are carried out by a staff of 430 associates. Executive management consists of five Officers.
For information about the election of board members, please contact the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration or the SC Election Commission (843-745-2226).
Thomas B. Pritchard, Chairman
First Elected: 1999
Current Term: 2012 - 2017
A native Charlestonian, Mr. Pritchard attended USC as an Alumni Scholar and served as the Chief of Staff to the student body president; he graduated cum laude in 1989 with a B.A. degree in Political Science.
Mr. Pritchard received his law degree from USC in 1992 and served as the law clerk for the Honorable William L. Howard, Sr., resident judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1992, and the US District Court for the District of South Carolina and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1993.
He is a member of the Charleston County Bar, the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, and the Defense Research Institute.
David E. Rivers, Vice Chairman
First Elected: 2003
Current Term: 2010-2015
David E. Rivers is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Public Information and Community Outreach at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has served the University in a number of capacities since January 1995.
During the past thirty-five years, he has held senior-level positions in the City of Atlanta government, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia State University, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy and the District of Columbia Government.
Dr. Rivers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs from Georgia State University and his Master of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Georgia State University, where he has completed course work for the Ph.D. in Political Science. He is also a graduate of the National Urban Fellows Program in Public Administration from Yale University. He is a graduate of the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Program at Furman University and recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Allen University.
Dr. Rivers serves as Chairman of the James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation. He is also President of the Jonathan Green Foundation. He is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and the 100 Black Men of Charleston, SC.
Dr. Rivers is a Board Member of the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC; National Urban Fellows in New York, NY; the Alliance for Digital Equality in Atlanta, GA; the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21st Century Council Executive Committee; Rural Mission, Inc.; Advisory Board Member of Charleston First Reliance Bank; the Art Form and Theater Concepts, Inc.; the Trident Urban League; the National Caucus and Center for Black Aged, Inc.; the Charleston Enterprise Community Health Center; and the National Brownfields Association of South Carolina – Executive Committee. He has also served as a Board Member of the Community Foundation and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.
William E. Koopman, Jr.
Current Term: 2008-2013
Billy Koopman is a Charleston native and veteran public servant. He spent twenty years on staff at Charleston Water System, including eight as general manager, before retiring in 2005. Prior to joining the utility, Mr. Koopman spent ten years as assistant administrator for Charleston County.
In 2006, Mr. Koopman was appointed by the Board of Commissioners to fill the unexpired term of Chairman Howard Burky, who passed away in June 2006. Mr. Koopman was elected to his current term in 2007.
Dean C. Riegel, Charleston City Council
Council member Dean Riegel (District 10) was appointed to Charleston Water System’s Board of Commissioners in January 2012.
Learn more about Councilman Dean Riegel on the City of Charleston's web site.
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.