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Water Director Carman
John Robert Carman

John Robert Carman, who prefers to be called Carman, started on April 6, 2015. He previously served as public utilities director for the city of Raleigh, N.C. He brings more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater to the department’s top job, as well as several accolades for management excellence and performance.

The majority of Carman’s career in water was spent in Utah, where he began as a wastewater plant operator. From 1979 through 1994, Carman worked in both water and wastewater treatment plant operator roles, maintaining equipment and facilities for Salt Lake City Public Utilities. During that time, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah.

With degree in hand, Carman took a role managing operations, water resources and laboratory functions for the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy (MWDSLS), where he ultimately became general manager.

Carman then retired from his role as general manager for MWDSLS and made the jump to the private sector, joining an international engineering firm in 2005 where he worked in the states Utah, California and Illinois. He also completed his master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering during his time with the firm before returning to the public sector in the city of Raleigh and leading the second largest regional water and sewer system in the state of North Carolina.