Meet the Executive Management Team


Richard D. (Rick) Ailiff, Jr., President

Rick has an extensive background in virtually all water and wastewater system operations, with hands-on skills in trouble-shooting and problem resolution of most water/wastewater related issues. He has a thorough understanding of supervisory principles and practices, preventive and predictive maintenance of water and wastewater treatment equipment and facilities. Rick is highly motivated and intuitive, effective at human relations, and able to manage both time and resources to maximize productivity. With over 33 years experience and 20 years in management, Rick has a wealth of knowledge in process control measures and implementation for optimized plant performance; budget development and financial management; financial planning; cost control measures; management of budgets up to $5 million; due diligence of plants; strategic planning; staff hiring, training, supervision, evaluation, and motivation; extensive computer knowledge; capital equipment acquisitions; client relations; contract negotiations; and knowledge of all State, Federal, and OSHA regulations pertaining to water/wastewater.

Paul J. Jackson

Paul J. Jackson, Sr. Vice President

Paul Jackson, Sr. Vice President, has a degree in Environmental Science and 28 years of experience. Paul has extensive knowledge of all State, Federal, and OSHA Regulations pertaining to water, wastewater and public works. He was the Senior Project Manager for several utility systems throughout the Southeast while working for a private operations and management firm. Paul has an extensive background in all water operations; with hands-on skills in laboratory testing, water treatment related issues, trouble shooting and problem resolution.

Lawrence Hughes, Vice President of Operations

Lawrence Hughes has more than 27 years of experience in management and sales resulting in a consistent track record of exceptional success. He recently merged his own company, Artesian Utilities Systems Management, Inc., with ClearWater Solutions in order to provide his clients with enhanced services and resources. Through his experience, Lawrence has managed multiple water and wastewater systems and a staff of 48 employees. He has developed client and board member relations through negotiation of contracts, and has also been affiliated with systems that have utilized funding from USDA, ADEM, and CDBG grant monies.

Michael Riggs, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Riggs, Chief Financial Officer, is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in accounting. Michael has been with CWS for over 8 years and manages all accounting and Human Resources responsibilities.

Brent Stauffer, Regional Manager

Mr. Stauffer has more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. His expertise lies in domestic, industrial, and contract operations. Mr. Stauffer is knowledgeable in managing groundwater systems using chlorine, fluoride, lime, and sedimentation treatment. He has experience in facility design and modifications, equipment recommendations and sizing, and developing positive working relationships with regulatory officials during supervisory tenure.


Steve Cawood, Business Development

Mr. Cawood has over 35 years of engineering experience with both public and private sector projects. He has served as the Principal-In-Charge on a wide range of civil and environmental engineering projects. Steve’s experience includes all phases of project development and implementation including project planning and studies, preliminary and final project design, rate analysis, ROW and property acquisition, permitting, procurement and contracting, construction supervision and inspection. He has provided services to a wide variety of public officials, governmental agencies, private developers and industrial developers. Steve has extensive experience assisting local governments and industries in obtaining grant funds for a variety of improvement projects.


Tim Mitchell, Training Coordinator and Regional Manager

Tim serves as a Regional Manager and Project Support team member for CWS. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, he has gained a tremendous understanding of all facets of public works including the management of staff, operations of facilities, and the maintenance of building, grounds, and equipment. Tim has extensive experience with project management, training, compliance, documentation and record keeping, reporting systems, maintenance and repairs, new construction, permitting, etc. which enables him to effectively lead the regional team of project staff. In addition, he holds various certifications in water, wastewater, plumbing and gas that allows him to support each function when needed. His commitment to success earned him the title of “Project Manager of the Year” in 2013, and under his direction, the water treatment system at which he was the manager was named “Best Operated Plant” and “Best Operated Distribution System” by the Alabama Water Pollution Control Operators Association in 2015. Tim has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus Technical College and Training Specialist for Birmingham Water Works Board, where he directed classes on Water Filtration, Wastewater Treatment Processes, Backflow Prevention Tester training, and Operator Certification training. Tim currently serves as Training Coordinator for CWS.

Tim served as Superintendent of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collections for the City of Phenix City, a system with over 15,000 customers, before joining CWS in 2011. As Superintendent, he was responsible for overseeing the Cross Control program. While with Phenix City, Tim was instrumental developing a flushing program which reduced DBPs and increased water quality.

Paige Cawood

Paige Cawood, Environmental Health and Safety Officer

Ms. Cawood is the company-wide Lab Coordinator, Operations Training Officer and Environmental Health and Safety Officer with more than 8 years experience in the Water and Wastewater industry. She provides a comprehensive knowledge of laboratory procedures compliant both with Standard Methods and all regulatory agencies and is responsible for Quality Assurance and Compliance reporting.

Mike McCary

Mike McCary, Compliance Officer

Mike McCary has more than 31 years of experience in all facets of the water and wastewater industry. He has worked as a City Superintendent, Plant Operator, and Project Manager for a variety of facilities. Through this experience, Mike has developed a tremendous expertise in regulatory agency reporting, maintenance and operations, lab testing, performing general equipment maintenance, plant process control, and performing manhole and pipeline assessments. For nearly 10 years, Mike served with the City of Prattville. His career began as a Trainee in 1984. He was the Lead Shift Operator until Prattville began their CCTV program in 1989, when Mike became the first CCTV operator for the City.