Jim Couch, former city manager, named to Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust
Former City Manager Jim Couch has been named to the five-member Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust.
The city council confirmed the appointment last week.
Couch says the trust's top three priorities are to begin construction of the the second Atoka pipeline from southeastern Oklahoma, maintain its AAA bond rating, which keeps borrowing costs low, and maintain rates that are reasonable for residents and sufficient to cover capital expenses.
As city manager, Couch played a central role in negotiating the 2016 water settlement among the city, the state of Oklahoma, and the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations.
He also partnered with the Chickasaw Nation to complete the First Americans Museum, which is slated to open in the spring.
Stephen Greetham, the Chickasaw Nation special counsel on water and natural resources, and Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill will lead a panel on "Moving the Chickasaw-Choctaw Water Settlement to Enforceability" at CLE International's 9th Annual Tribal Water Law Conference next week.
Registration for the virtual conference is open; go to www.cle.com. Sessions are Sept. 14 in the afternoon and Sept. 15 in the morning.