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Press Release: General Operations Director, Jake Rice III, to Assistant Manager


CWL Manager, Ron Bowen, announced the promotion of General Operations Director, Jake Rice III, to Assistant Manager at the November 27, 2012 Board of Directors meeting.

Rice has been employed by CWL since August 2001. He first served as an Engineer in the Engineering Department. In June 2004, he was promoted to General Operations Director. As General Operations Director, Rice has overseen several departments including Electric, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Water and Sewer, Maintenance, Electric Maintenance and Generation.

Rice is a graduate of Arkansas State University where he graduated Cum Laude in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with a concentration in Civil Engineering. Rice has earned his professional engineering designation and his professional surveyor license. He is licensed as a Grade 4 Water Treatment and Distribution System Operator. Rice is a member of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association, Water Environment Federation, and the American Public Power Association.

Prior to joining CWL, Rice served as Assistant Engineer and Chief Engineer of the St. Francis Levee District of Arkansas from 1994 to 2001. He also worked as a Civil Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Rice and his wife Renee have two sons, Spencer and David. He is active in various organizations in Jonesboro and attends Central Baptist Church.