Mr. Tompkins was born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina, except for his early childhood years in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Summerville High School and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 1975. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in SC and also a registered Land Surveyor.
Mr. Tompkins worked in the private sector in his early career doing land development and water and wastewater design. He later spent five years with the South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) as a transmission line design engineer. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the first hollow, spun, precast concrete pole switching gear assembly, the first underground high pressure, pipe-type, gas filled, underground transmission line (115KV) and the longest at the time 230KV transmission line from Newberry to the R.B. Russell dam (73miles).
In August of 1989, he was hired by Dorchester County as the Public Works Director/County Engineer, where he eventually became responsible for the Water and Sewer Dept., vehicle maintenance, facilities maintenance, animal control, solid waste, recycling, community service, stormwater and mosquito abatement. He created the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund in 1994 and the Stormwater Enterprise Fund in 2003.
He stayed in this position for 18 years before coming to work for BCWS in 2007 to be Deputy Director of Operations. March, 2019 Doug was promoted to Director of Water and Sanitation.
During his career, Mr. Tompkins has been on the board of directors for the Southeastern Stormwater Association, a member of the Charleston Harbor Task Force, a member of the BCDCOG technical advisory committee, Folly Beach Utility Advisory Board, and a founding member of the South Carolina Water Quality Association.
He is also a member of AWWA and WEASC.

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