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Board of Water Works Trustees

The Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines, Iowa, consists of five members, appointed by the Mayor of the City of Des Moines for a term of six years.  The functions of the Board of Water Works Trustees can be described as policy making, appraisal, and evaluation.

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  • Susan R. Huppert
  • Chairperson
  • Susan Huppert was appointed to the Board of Water Works Trustees on January 24, 2005, for a two-year term to fill a vacancy on the Board and subsequently was reappointed for an additional six-year term commencing April 1, 2013. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1978, she worked for Xerox Corporation for 30 years. In 2008, Huppert joined Des Moines University and is currently theChief of External and Governmental Affairs. Huppert served as the chair of the Gray's Lake Planning and Design Committee and continues to work on the project through her involvement on the Meredith Trail and Gray's Lake Advisory Committee.  Term expires:  April 1, 2019.

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  • Marc R. Wallace
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Marc Wallace was appointed by Mayor Frank Cownie to the Board of Water Works Trustees for a six-year term on April 8, 2013.  Wallace has a B.A. in German and Comparative Literature and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.  He has a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.  A Des Moines native, Wallace served in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Des Moines East High School and is an active advocate on veterans’ issues. From 2004 to 2008, Wallace was a member of the Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission.  Wallace is an Assistant Public Defender after serving the people of Marshall and Marion Counties as a prosecutor for ten years.  Wallace and his wife, Karen, have two sons. Term ends April 1, 2019.

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  • Graham Gillette
  • Board Member
  • Graham Gillette was appointed by Mayor Frank Cownie to the Board of Water Works Trustees on February 14, 2011, for a four-year term. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Gillette served on the staff of Florida Governor Bob Martinez, as deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and in other political and governmental positions. Gillette came home to his wife’s native Iowa in 1993. Since 1995, he has managed Gillette Strategic Resources, a public affairs consulting firm focused on improving the way businesses and other entities communicate. He was appointed by Mayor Arthur Davis and reappointed by Mayor Preston Daniels to the Metro Transit Authority (now Des Moines Area Regional Transit). Gillette served on the Des Moines School Board from 2001-2004 and has been a member of numerous community and not-for-profit boards and committees. Gillette is married to Katie Gillette. They have three children. Term expires: April 1, 2021.

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  • David A. Carlson
  • Board Member
  • David Carlson was appointed to the Board of Water Works Trustees for a six-year term in May 2003.  Carlson is a registered architect with a minor in city planning.  After college, he served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia followed by four years of consulting/construction with a private architecture/engineering firm.  Upon returning to Des Moines, he worked for the City of Des Moines on various "special projects".  Carlson was the founder of the city newspaper, Skywalker, a past president of Des Moines Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) Board, and served on the Board of Adjustment while rebuilding Rathbun Marinas and Lakeside Inn.  He is currently restoring 10 buildings in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines while developing Waikoka Beachside Resort in the Fiji Islands.  Term expired:  April 1, 2021.

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