Mayor Winnecke appoints new EWSU Director

(August 24, 2020) — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced a new appointment to his cabinet.

Lane Young will lead the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU) as its new Executive Director.

Young is an Evansville native. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Indiana University and a Master of Arts, Adult Education and Student Development from Wheaton College.

Young previously served as Campus Director at Columbia University for Christian Union, an organization that develops transformative student leaders on university campuses; Executive Director of TeachBeyond Global, which equips educators, schools and organizations for the purpose of transforming individuals and societies; President and CEO of Evansville Titles and Assistant Vice President Commercial Lending at Old National Bank. He's also a veteran of the United States Army, having served as a Field Artillery Officer.

"Lane has a strong background in executive leadership, finance, strategic planning, communication and has a sincere passion for servant leadership," said Mayor Winnecke. "I’m confident that Lane’s diverse background, and commitment to lifelong learning, will serve him well in his new role."

Young will head Refresh and Renew Evansville, two long-term plans to address our City’s aging water and sewer systems:

  • Refresh Evansville will replace aging water mains and supporting infrastructure. EWSU maintains 1,000 miles of water lines, 600 miles of which are cast iron pipes with an average age of over 90 years. These are now at or past their life expectancy. Refresh Evansville will take decades to complete, but these ongoing annual improvements will ensure that our children and future generations will continue to enjoy safe, clean drinking water.
  • Renew Evansville includes approximately 200 utility projects slated through 2040. Those projects will upgrade existing sewer infrastructure, address combined sewer overflows, and provide environmentally sustainable solutions for utility operations.

"I'm thrilled at the opportunity to work with Mayor Winnecke and our terrific EWSU staff," said Young. "Together, we will work to ensure two of our City’s most important assets — our water and sewer systems — meet present and future needs."

Young will start effective immediately.