General Manager

John D. Lester has been with Clarksville Light & Water (CLW) since July of 2013. He has approximately 20 years experience in the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, and Fiber Optic utilities. He has also been a City Manager of two vibrant cities prior to coming to CL&W.

As General Manager, he is responsible for the daily management and operations of the combined utility, which consist of a 55 megawatt peak electric system, 16 MGD Water Treatment Facility and 2.5 MGD Pollution Control Facility.

CLW serves a local population of just under 10,000 made up of approximately 4,500 connected residential, commercial and large industry customers on a retail level. The water utility also has eight wholesale customers made up of other communities and water districts in the area. In all the water system services a total population of over 28,000 in and around Johnson County, Arkansas.

The utility is owned by the City of Clarksville, Arkansas and is governed by an autonomous 5-member utility commission. CL&W plays a vital role in the community's growth and supports the city's commitment efforts related to its long term economic development strategic plan.