James A. Parrott

tony_parrottJames A. Parrott
Executive Director
Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)

Tony Parrott has been in the public utility business for thirty years. After completing his degree in Communications at Georgetown College, Tony joined the frontline ranks at Butler County Department of Environmental Services, a water and wastewater utility serving a population of 120,000 in southwestern Ohio. During his first 10 years, Tony moved through the agency, working in almost every area before serving as Executive Director from 1995 through 2004.

In 2005, Tony became Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works and Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati—bringing drinking water and wastewater services to 1,200,000 residents of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky. While at Cincinnati, Tony successfully negotiated a federal Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. EPA, which was approved by the federal court in August 2010. Challenged with a multi-billion dollar capital program and managing a $350M annual operating budget, Tony kept a visionary outlook and charged his staff with raising the bar every day. Under Tony’s leadership the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati won the 2014 U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Urban Water Sustainability Council, a division of the U.S. Water Alliance. Cincinnati MSD also received the Platinum Award for Excellence in Management from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

After ten years in the top leadership role of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Tony was appointed the Executive Director of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, which serves a population of 751,000 residents in Louisville Metro. At Louisville MSD, Tony oversees a 19-year federal Consent Decree, a capital budget of $187.5 M and a Strategic Business Plan through 2018—with the goal of bringing safe, clean waterways to the community and improving the value of water as a community resource.

Tony also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
representing Region 5 and the National Board of Directors for the Water Environment Research Foundation. In 2011, Tony was named a WEF Fellow by the Water Environment Federation and was recently recognized by NACWA with a National Environment Achievement Award in February 2014.