Officers

Charleston Water System's executive leadership team consists of five officers responsible for overseeing  daily operations.
Kin Hill, P.E., Chief Executive Officer
Kin Hill, Chief Executive Officer
Kin Hill, P.E., was named Chief Executive Officer in December 2006 by the Charleston Water System's Board of Commissioners.

As the utility's top executive, Mr. Hill is responsible for the daily operations of CWS and its 430 employees. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Hill served as chief operating officer, overseeing the water distribution and wastewater collection operations, which include 1,800 miles of water mains, 700 miles of sewer mains, and more than 200 pump stations maintained by 130 associates.

Mr. Hill came to CWS in 1987 to serve as director of wastewater operations and became director of collection and distribution in 1994. Under Mr. Hill’s leadership, the Water Distribution department led CWS efforts to earn ISO 14001 certification for the implementation of an Environmental Management System.

Before CWS, Mr. Hill worked for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for more than nine years, lastly serving as district director of the Aiken Environmental Quality Control Office where he was responsible for management and administration of six county areas in all fields of environmental quality control.

Mr. Hill is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of South Carolina. He earned his master of science degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Clemson University. Mr. Hill is active in water and wastewater industry organizations including the
American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF), and is an “A” level registered water distribution and wastewater collection system operator.

Mr. Hill serves on the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Environmental and Technical Committee, the Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce Board, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, and Trident United Way Board. 
Dorothy Harrison, Chief Administrative Officer
Dorothy Harrison, Chief Administrative Officer
Dorothy Harrison joined Charleston Water System in 2001, and as Chief Administrative Officer, is responsible for directing the functions of Human Resources, Customer Service, Auditing, Purchasing, and Public Relations.

Prior to joining CWS, Ms. Harrison spent 26 years in the banking industry and was among the first African American commercial loan officers and vice presidents in South Carolina. She was also one of the first bankers in the state to serve a dual role in the industry as a licensed broker and commercial banker. Ms. Harrison attended the University of South Carolina and George Mason University, and is a graduate of East Carolina School of Banking.
 
Ms. Harrison is active in community and professional organizations and serves in a number of leadership roles. In recognition of Ms. Harrison contributions in her professional and community involvements, she has received numerous awards. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Women Opening Doors Award in the Greater Columbia area, received the Key to the city of Columbia, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Exceptional Service to the state of South Carolina, and was a 2011 South Carolina AT&T African American History Calendar honoree.
 
She is currently active with the following organizations: College of Charleston Foundation Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit Committee; MUSC Board of Visitors; First Citizens Bank of SC local advisory board; city of Charleston Local Development Authority, Vice-Chair; Charleston Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors; P.A.S.T.O.R.S., Inc., Director; Charleston, SC Chapter of The Links, Inc., former President; and the College of Charleston President’s Community Advisory Board.
 
She has also served with the following organizations: Teachers’ Supply Closet, founding President; Low Country Aid to Africa, Treasurer; and the MOJA Arts Festival Literary Corner, Co-Chair. Ms. Harrison is also a member of the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and Society for Human Resource Management.
 
During her time in Charleston, Ms. Harrison has also served as Board Chair for the Trident Urban League. She is a past executive board member of the Trident United Way, YWCA, and the American Cancer Society. She served on the boards of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston District of the United Methodist Church’s Wesley Foundation, the Coastal Community Foundation, MUSC’s Healthy South Carolina Initiative, and the College of Charleston Avery Research Center.  
Andy Fairey, Chief Operating Officer
Andy Fairey, Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Andy Fairey is responsible for the management of Charleston Water System’s (CWS) Hanahan Water Treatment Plant, the utility's Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection departments, and it's wastewater treatment facilities, along with the environmental laboratory, SCADA system, and associated environmental management programs.

Mr. Fairey holds a bachelor's of science in microbiology from Clemson University and a master of science in public health from the University of South Carolina. He holds South Carolina Board of Environmental Certification operations licenses in the areas of physical-chemical wastewater treatment, biological wastewater treatment, wastewater collections, water treatment and water distribution.

Mr. Fairey's career includes seven years as a state environmental regulator, two years working as an environmental trainer, three years as an environmental consultant and more than 30 years with CWS.

Mr. Fairey is a past president of the South Carolina Water Environment Association, recipient of the Water Environment Federation’s William D. Hatfield Award, and was recognized as a WEF Fellow in 2012. He is also a past president of the South Carolina Water Quality Association and serves on the Water Utility Council for the South Carolina American Water Works Association.

Mr. Fairey has conducted numerous training seminars on activated sludge process control and has presented technical papers at national and state conferences on wastewater treatment, water treatment, and various utility management topics.

Mr. Fairey is also actively involved with his church, serving as an elder and teacher. He has more than 35 years of service with the Boy Scouts of America (currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys Council), and is on the Board of Directors of Water Missions International, serving as chairman for the annual Walk for Water from 2011-2013.
Wesley Ropp, CMA, Chief Financial Officer
Wesley Ropp, CMA, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Ropp is responsible for the daily financial operations of Charleston Water System, including the accounting, budgeting, finance, records management, and information technology functions.

Prior to becoming the CFO, Mr. Ropp served as senior director of financial services, overseeing the Accounting and Finance departments, which include accounts payable, payroll, cost accounting, financial statements, and the billing areas.

Mr. Ropp joined CWS in 1982, as an accountant. In 1986, he was promoted to the administrator of accounting and then to the administrator of finance in 1989.

Under Mr. Ropp’s supervision, CWS achieved seven bond-rating upgrades, including an upgrade to AAA by Standard & Poor’s in 2010. In addition, CWS has received consecutive Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) since his arrival. The Popular Annual Financial Report was added in 2009, and CWS has received consecutive Awards for Outstanding Reporting Achievement from the GFOA since then.

Mr. Ropp is a certified management accountant. He earned his master's of business administration from the Citadel, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting from College of Charleston.

Mark Cline, P.E., Assistant Chief Executive Officer

Mark Cline, P.E., Capital Projects Officer
As Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Mark Cline oversees the engineering and construction functions of Charleston Water System, including the geographic information system and cross connection control programs. Additionally, he is responsible for managing capital needs to ensure the utility has the infrastructure in place to accommodate growth and meet current and future regulatory requirements.

Mr. Cline has been with CWS for more than 30 years. He spent five years as engineering manager, 15 years as superintendent and plant engineer for the Hanahan Water Treatment Plant, and two years as senior director of design and construction before becoming CPO. Mr. Cline is a graduate of North Carolina State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.) and a water treatment plant operator. Mr. Cline served as vice president of the American Water Works Association, and also as a member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Society of Civil Engineers

Russell Huggins, Jr., P.E., Capital Projects Officer

Russell Huggins
Russell Huggins, Jr., P.E., was named Capital Projects Officer in December 2018 by the Charleston Water System’s Board of Commissioners. Mr. Huggins is responsible for managing capital needs to ensure the utility has the infrastructure in place to accommodate growth and meet current and future regulatory requirements. He has departmental operational responsibility for Engineering & Construction, Asset Management & Geographical Information Systems, Safety and Support Services, and SCADA systems.

Mr. Huggins joined CWS in January of 1999 as an engineer in the Design & Construction department. He became engineering manager in 2004, director of engineering in 2006, and director of engineering & construction in 2015.

Mr. Huggins earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and masters of business administration from The Citadel. He is licensed as a professional engineer and as a wastewater treatment plant operator. Mr. Huggins is a member of the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Huggins is a retired Air Force civil engineer officer having served 28 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Huggins is a Charleston native and has long been active in the community as a baseball umpire and football referee for youth and high school sports. He has umpired in the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series, Dixie Majors Baseball World Series, and the South Carolina High School League Baseball State Championship. He was the referee for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game and the North-South All Star Football Game, and has officiated three South Carolina Independent School Athletic Association high school state championship games and two South Carolina High School League state championship games.