From 1984 to 1993, Brown served as officer-in-charge of a privatized 18.5-mgd water filtration plant for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona. The facility was financed with proceeds from the sale of $25 million of tax-exempt industrial development bonds by the Scottsdale Water Service Company Limited Partnership (SWSC), and equity contributed by Ford Motor Credit Company, a limited partner of SWSC. SWSC had a long-term full-service contract with the City of Scottsdale to finance, design, build, own and operate the municipal water treatment facility. Brown served on the board of directors of SWSC’s managing general partner, Scottsdale Water Service, Inc. The ownership of the facilities was transferred to the City of Scottsdale in the early 1990’s.