Tad Bohannon

Chief Executive Officer at Central Arkansas Water

Tad Bohannon was unanimously appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Central Arkansas Water (CAW) by the Board of Commissioners on January 21, 2016. He is tasked with leading the largest public drinking water system in the State of Arkansas, which has an operating and capital improvement budget of nearly $56,000,000, and which serves over 475,000 consumers in 18 cities and communities. With close to two decades of experience with water and wastewater utilities, Tad is responsible for the overall administration and operation of CAW’s assets.

As Chief Executive Officer, Tad will complete the consolidation of Maumelle Water System into CAW, preserve CAW’s outstanding water quality, maintain the affordability of CAW’s water, improve customer service, and continue an ambitious multi-year program to improve aging infrastructure that was initiated by his predecessor. Tad will also work tirelessly to strengthen existing relationships and build strong relationships with local, state, and national constituents and advocates in order to maintain CAW’s water quality and value for the next generation of Central Arkansas residents, increase sustainability initiatives, and ensure CAW remains a state and national leader in financial reporting, transparency, watershed management, and other key utility operations.

Prior to joining CAW, Tad represented numerous water and wastewater utilities throughout Arkansas. He is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences, and has served as an adjunct professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law, teaching both Local Government and Real Estate Transactions. Tad has degrees from Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Washington University and Oxford University. Tad is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and Water Environment Federation (WEF). He maintains Arkansas Class IV water treatment and distribution licenses. In addition, Tad is licensed to practice law in the States of Arkansas and Texas and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, and local federal courts. Tad lives in Little Rock with his wife, Gayle, and son, Spencer. The entire family are active members of St. James United Methodist Church.



  • Chief Executive Officer

    January, 2016 - present

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