John Scott’s Passing

We just learned of the passing of John Scott on August 2, 2014. He was involved with Indiana Rural Water Association and the utility industry in Indiana for many years. His obituary as it appeared in The Daily Journal follows.

John Edward Scott, 77, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. He was a lifetime resident of Bargersville.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1936, in Indianapolis to Robert and Viola (Surface) Scott. He was married to Sandra Kay “Sandy” Scott on March 23, 1962. She preceded him in passing on Oct. 24, 2013, after 51 years of marriage.

John is survived by three children, Debbie (Roger) Stephens of Franklin, Denise (Brian) Hatch of Greenwood, and Dennis (Christina) Scott of Camby; daughter-in-law, Suzie Scott of Morgantown; grandchildren, Melissa Stephens, Michael Stephens, Brent Scott, Ryan Scott, Tyler Carleton, Jessica Scott and Shane Williamson; and great-grandchildren, Rylan, Valerie, Ruby, Olivia, Sophia, Ellie and one on the way.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, wife, and son, Doug Scott.

John was a 1955 graduate of Center Grove High School.

He was employed by Bargersville Utilities for 46 years, retiring as superintendent in 2004. After retirement, he was an independent contractor for the towns of Brooklyn, Morgantown, and Hope.

John was a past-president of SIOA (Southern Indiana Operators Association) and a former member of the Center Grove School Board. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying in his younger years attending all sports at Center Grove. He truly loved his annual fishing trips to Canada. He enjoyed baseball and going to Cincinnati Reds games. His time spent with his children and grandchildren were very special to him.

A celebration of John’s life will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton St., (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bluff Creek Cemetary in Bargersville.

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Indiana 811 Launches “811 Now” Online Service For Single Address Locate Requests

You can now “Click Before You Dig” as Indiana 811 today launched 811Now, a new online service that allows professional excavators and homeowners, who plan to dig at a single address, to request that member utility companies mark the approximate location of underground lines via a simple online form.

811Now users can avoid hold times, putting Indiana 811’s services at diggers’ fingertips at any time of the day or night. The 811Now form asks the same questions asked by Indiana 811 telephone agents, giving professionals and homeowners a new option for notifying member utility operators about their single-address projects, including planting a tree, installing a mailbox and building a deck or patio.

Contractors and members who plan to use 811Now should be prepared to answer questions about the exact location of the project, including address, county, township, closest intersecting street and exact location on property where digging will occur, along with the name and contact information for the company or person(s) who will be digging on the property.

Just like with a locate request that starts with a call to 811, after an 811Now online request is received, member utility operators are notified and will send professional locators to mark the approximate locations of their lines within two full working days. Only after member utility operators have responded to your request, either by marking the approximate location of buried utilities or by declaring the dig site clear of buried lines, may you begin digging carefully around the marks.

Please note, contractors and members who plan to dig at multiple addresses for the same project should continue to use Indiana 811’s Web Ticket Entry system or make a free call to 811.

For additional information and to make a single address request, please visit:

Indiana 811

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Danielle McGrath – New Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs

July 9, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today Governor Mike Pence named four new deputy chiefs of staff in his executive office to better serve agencies and the public.

Danielle McGrath will join the Governor’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs to help coordinate and successfully pass the Governor’s Legislative Agenda, will lead coordination with agency legislative liaisons, and will manage the appointments of Boards and Commissions. McGrath currently serves as the Executive Director of External Affairs for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), where she is the chief liaison for legislative issues and oversees a staff of 13 responsible for media relations, consumer affairs, information technology, and the agency’s budget. Prior to joining the IURC, Danielle worked for a public relations and advertising agency. She graduated with honors from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. Originally from northwest Indiana, she now resides in McCordsville with her husband Kyle and is active in a number of community and professional organizations.

John Hill will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of Public Safety, overseeing all of the state’s public safety agencies. Hill is currently the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security. Hill has more than 35 years in public service at the federal and state levels. He was a member of the Indiana State Police for twenty-nine years, working in both public safety and highway safety. Hill also served as the Field Enforcement Division Commander and was later asked to start the ISP’s new Motor Carrier Division, where he also served as its leader. In 2006, President Bush nominated Hill to serve as the Chief Safety Officer at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. In this role, he was responsible for improving commercial vehicle highway safety by finalizing several key safety regulations, improved performance by FMCSA staff and state enforcement agencies and careful coordination with the United States Congress on a variety of critical initiatives. Hill is a graduate of Taylor University where he obtained a B.A. in political science. He also graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy. He and his wife Pepper reside in Greenwood.

Sean Keefer will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of Executive Branch Agencies. In this role he will oversee the large majority of state agencies and will be responsible for managing operational issues, personnel hiring and contracting across all agencies, as well as Cabinet-level communications. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office as Legislative Director last year, Sean served as the Commissioner for the Department of Labor. Previously he served as the Chief of Staff at the Indiana State Department of Health under Governor Daniels, and he holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from Purdue University.

Ryan Streeter, currently the Senior Policy Director, has been named Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy and Strategy. He will continue to develop major policy initiatives for the Governor, and in addition he will take on an increased role in developing strategy for Governor’s main policy agenda.

This new structure will be in place beginning next week.

Source: The Office of Governor Mike Pence

Citizens Announces Personnel Changes to Water Operations Department

INDIANAPOLIS- Citizens Energy Group is proud to announce the promotion of Jeff Willman to Executive Director of Water Operations. Since 2012, Willman has served as Citizens’ Director of External Affairs where he was responsible for government affairs initiatives and managing relationships with key stakeholders at the state and local level.

Willman joined Citizens in 2007 and has served in various roles including Director of Utility Systems Management and Director of Customer Relations and Government Affairs. Prior to joining Citizens, Willman worked for 18 years at Indianapolis Power & Light.

Willman has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Evansville and an MBA from Butler University. Willman currently serves on boards for the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis and the Warren Township School Building Corporation. Willman is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program.

“Jeff has served in various positions of increased responsibility while at Citizens,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO. “I have the utmost confidence his hard work and dedication to serving the trust and the community will allow him to excel in his new role.”

Willman will begin his new position on June 1.

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Joseph Sutherland Named Director, Government and External Affairs at Citizens

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group announced today that Joseph Sutherland has been named Director, Government and External Affairs effective July 28. Sutherland comes to Citizens from Utilitus LLC where he served as President and Managing Director.

In his new role, Sutherland will be responsible for developing effective relationships and communicating with state and local elected officials and other key stakeholders.

Sutherland has more than 19 years of experience in all aspects of state utility regulation. Prior to his work with Utilitus, Sutherland had a 17-year career at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission where he served in positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director for Governmental Affairs.

“Joe Sutherland’s extensive knowledge of utility industry regulation and his ability to build effective relationships with elected officials will be great assets in his new position at Citizens,” said Carey Lykins, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Sutherland, who has a bachelor of science in business from Indiana University, is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Government Affairs Society of Indiana, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Water Advisory Council.

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