President & Board

Darren Cardwell

HPUD General Manager

Since 2000, Darren Cardwell has successfully lead HPUD as the District has embarked on an aggressive capital improvement plan to reduce and eliminate sewer system overflows and to decrease violations at HPUD’s wastewater treatment plant. The District also constructed a new water treatment plant on Norris Lake and updated the Melton Hill Water Treatment Plant increasing capacity to serve the residents of North Knox County along with parts of Anderson and Union Counties. The District has also replaced well over 75 miles of (2) inch galvanized water lines throughout the District’s 145 square mile service are that was established in 1954.

Darren is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is also certified as a Water Distribution Operator and Wastewater Collection System Operator by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He is a graduate of the American Water Works Association Executive Development Program and the Water Environment Federation Management Development Program.

HPUD serves over 28,800 water customers and over 22,000 sewer customers and is ranked as Tennessee’s fourth (4th) largest water utility district combined with the second largest wastewater system.

Kevin Julian


Kevin Julian serves as the Chairman of the Board. The different perspective that he brings to the Board has proven to be very helpful in guiding the District to meet all its unique challenges. He is the longest serving current member of the Board of Commissioners and was elected Chair by his fellow Commissioners.

Kevin truly understands and loves the area, having lived here since childhood,

Kevin teaches at Halls High School and is an Assistant Football Coach of the state champion Webb Spartans.

Robert Crye


Robert Crye’s background is remarkably diverse, with much of his professional career spent working on issues that directly relate to running an organization like HPUD. He is retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority where he had a direct hand in major projects and controlling the cost of those projects. He has a background as an engineer and has also been a homebuilder. He believes HPUD can be increasingly more efficient while continuing to make sure people have all the water they need for homes and businesses.

Todd Cook


Todd Cook is HPUD’s newest Commissioner. From his very first meeting he made it clear he would fight for changes if he thought they were needed. He has vowed to be a voice for the ratepayers.

Todd has devoted his career to public service. He serves as Director of Pretrial Release for the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. He is also the President of the Halls Community Park.