Former Littleton Mayor Appointed to Dominion Water & Sanitation District Board

John Ostermiller, the former Littleton Mayor with over 45 years of experience in operations and finance, is the newest board member to be appointed to the Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD) Board of Directors. He will be filling the vacancy left by Jim Taylor’s retirement.

“I will work with the board and Dominion staff to continue building a renewable, robust, and reliable integrated water supply system that provides wholesale water and wastewater service to residents in the northwestern part of Douglas County,” said Ostermiller.

“John’s experience as a leader in the south metro area coupled with his extensive experience in public entities and finance will be invaluable to Dominion as we roll out a system that adds additional reliability, flexibility, and increased efficiencies as our services grow,” said Mary Kay Provaznik, general manager of the Dominion Water & Sanitation District. Ms. Provaznik added, “John’s leadership on the board will allow us to maintain our momentum towards completing critical infrastructure projects that will deliver clean water to our customers and provide reliable wastewater service to our region.”

Ostermiller was elected to the Littleton City Council after serving for 20 years on the City of Littleton Planning Commission. He was elected Mayor in 2003 and completed his term on the council in 2009. Most recently John served eight years, six as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of the South Suburban Park and Recreation District. John was the Vice President and Director of Finance and Business Operations for Dart International for over 10 years, and was the Chief Financial Officer at Deane Communications in Littleton, Co. until his retirement in 2006. Throughout his career, he’s held roles managing the financial, administrative, operational, and business development aspects of various companies.

“I am honored and excited to work with Dominion as they continue to build the infrastructure to support their robust and dependable supply and provide reliable water and wastewater services,” Ostermiller said. He further stated, “I look forward to supporting Dominion’s continued collaboration and partnership with leaders across the region.”

Ostermiller joins current board members:
• Jack Hilbert, a former Douglas County Commissioner, was first elected to the County board in November of 2006 and re-elected to a second term in November 2010. He previously served in leadership positions in the public and private sector as well as corporate enterprise for 35 years.

• Harold Smethills, Managing Partner of Sterling Ranch, LLC, grew up around ranching before beginning his business career in banking, finance and investments. From executive positions at United Banks of Colorado, Smethills became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Adolph Coors Company while also serving on its board. In 2004, he began development of Sterling Ranch, a 3,400-acre, master-planned community in Northwest Douglas County.

• Jim Yates, President of Sterling Ranch Development Company, is an experienced real estate professional with proven expertise in all strategic and operational facets of real estate development, land acquisition and homebuilding operations.

Dominion is a wholesale provider of water, wastewater and stormwater services to Northwest Douglas County. Established as a special district in 2004, Dominion is a significant and sizable entity, with a service area that covers 33,000 acres and millions of dollars in water and wastewater infrastructure and assets. Dominion participates in a shared agreement for water and infrastructure between Denver, Aurora and South Metro WISE Authority, and pays for 20% of the WISE infrastructure that is bringing in renewable water to Douglas county.

About Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD)
Dominion is a special district that was formed in 2004 as part of the County’s vision to bring renewable water and access to more centralized water and wastewater services to northwest Douglas County. Dominion Water & Sanitation District’s approach leverages location, infrastructure and partnerships to create a regionally integrated system. By having an integrated system, Dominion fully and efficiently utilizes its resources and therefore provides a reliable and cost competitive service. Dominion’s service is built on innovation, partnerships, and thoughtful stewardship.

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