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Wes Minder appointed KC Water Director

Posted on December 21, 2021

(Kansas City, MO) – City Manager Brian Platt has named Wes Minder as the new director of KC Water. Minder previously served as Assistant City Manager for Kansas City, Missouri, in charge of special projects.

Minder replaces Terry Leeds, who retired last month.

Minder, a 16-year veteran with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, has worked on several multi-departmental projects and was essential in leveraging federal and state funding for capital improvement projects. He is also responsible for designing and finding funding for over 30 miles of multi-use trails.

“Wes is prepared for this role and I believe his experience and vision will help make KC Water an even stronger and more customer-centric department than it already is,” Platt said.

Minder is a registered engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University.

“I’m excited to be a part of the KC Water team and serving our 174,227 customers. I look forward to continuing the progress made in bettering the environment with investments in our distribution and Smart Sewer program,” Minder said.

“KC Water is the lifeblood for our regional economy and I look forward to improving customer experiences, project delivery, and system improvement that will continue Kansas City’s contributions to the international economy and a great place to live.

Platt also thanked Leeds for his 26 years of service with the City of Kansas City, 11 of those years as Director of KC Water. Leeds held many roles with the City, from Facilities Engineering, to Stormwater Engineering, to representing KC Water in the Capital Management Improvements Office, to leading the development of the City’s Overflow Control Plan.

For more information, contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator, at 816-513-0280, cell: 816-674-0211

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KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area.  KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.

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