Meet the Executive Management Team

Richard D. (Rick) Ailiff, Jr.

Richard D. (Rick) Ailiff, Jr., 

Rick Ailiff, President, has extensive experience managing and operating facilities with over 33 years experience in the industry. He is certified as a Grade IV Operator in Alabama and Georgia.  Rick is certified in PACP/MACP, fluoride addition, and meter testing. He was the Superintendent for the City of Williamson, WV for 16 years, including water. wastewater, streets and garbage. Rick was also a Senior Project Manager for several systems in Alabama.

Paul J. Jackson

Paul J. Jackson,
 Sr. Vice President

Paul Jackson, Sr. Vice President, has a degree in Environmental Science and 27 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

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

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

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.

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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

Tim Mitchell, Training Coordinator and Regional Manager

Tim serves as the Project Manager and Lead Operator at the firm’s Coosa Valley Water Supply District office. His responsibilities include the daily operation of the 6 MGD water treatment plant and a wastewater lagoon system. He also manages and operates the facility’s lab, serves as Safety Manager for the project, completes ADEM compliance forms and permits, operates the SCADA system to determine activity throughout the distribution system, performs training for ADEM certifi cation and CEUs, and assists other projects when necessary. His previous employment experience includes serving as a Distribution and Collections Manager for the Smiths Water & Sewer Authority (also a ClearWater Solutions’ project), Superintendent of Outside Operations for the Phenix City Utilities, Facilities Manager for the Hughston Clinic, Facilities Project Manager for Synovus Financial, as well as an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus Technical College where he directed classes on Water Filtration, Wastewater Treatment Processes, Backflow Prevention Tester training, and Operator Certification training.

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 5 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.