Reeves returns as interim utilities director

Keith Reeves

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Former city utilities executive director Keith Reeves has been chosen as interim director to head the department for the time being.

Reeves was nominated for the position and approved at a special utilities board meeting on Friday. He previously retired in 2018 after a 38-year career with the city utilities department and was replaced by Scott Dompke.

On Feb. 26, the city of Columbus announced that Dompke was no longer an employee of the utilities department. There were no formal charges or disciplinary action taken, city officials said.

A job search is underway for someone to fill the role of utilities executive director permanently. After passing a resolution “ratifying and approving the separation of the utility director” and appointing Reeves in the interim position, the board took two more actions. First, they voted to engage the firm Smith & Syberg to begin the job search. They then appointed a Search Committee of city officials.

The committee will be made up of utilities board members David Spear and Cheryl McAvoy, city engineer and executive director of public works Dave Hayward, Randy Duckworth of the utilities department and human resources assistant director Jackson Sargent.

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