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Utility System Supervisor Recognized by State Association

 
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Utility System Supervisor Recognized by State Association
Hillsborough Utility System Supervisor Joel Lashley has been recognized by the N.C. American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association as its 2017 outstanding water distribution operator of the year.

Hillsborough Utility System Supervisor Joel Lashley has been recognized by the N.C. American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association as its outstanding water distribution operator of the year.

The award is given each year to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the successful operation and maintenance of a water distribution system.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Joel to earn such a prestigious award,” said Town Manager Eric Peterson. “He’s worked for many years to become skilled in the highly technical field of water distribution and wastewater collection. The award is also recognition of the talented and hard-working employees on his team who are capable of handling large improvement projects that we don’t have to contract out and, most importantly, ensure the Hillsborough community has safe water to drink.”

Lashley began working for the town as a utility maintenance technician I in 2003, earning promotion to utility maintenance technician II in 2010, utility maintenance technician III in 2011 and utility system supervisor in 2014. Along the way, he has been recognized for his exceptional contributions by the town’s Innovation, Customer Service and Endurance Awards program.

“My responsibility is to make sure that all the work gets done, that we provide safe drinking water to the public and to make sure that all my employees are safe and go home at the end of the day,” Lashley said.

While he had no prior experience in water distribution and wastewater collection, he learned utilities work on the job and through programs. He earned his C-Distribution certification in 2008 and his A-Distribution and Grade 4 Wastewater Collection certifications in 2011. In 2016, he secured his Class 1 Maintenance Technologist and Cross-Connection-Control certifications.

Other department awards

Hillsborough’s Utilities Department and its three divisions have won several awards in recent years, some of which are listed below.

Wastewater Treatment Plant:

  • William D. Hatfield Award for Outstanding Performance and Professionalism in the Operation of a Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • Presented by: Water Environment Federation, North Carolina Section
    • Awarded to: Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Jeff Mahagan, 2013
  • Wilbur E. Long Jr. Award for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year
    • Presented by: N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission
    • Awarded to: Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Jeff Mahagan, 2011
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance Award
    • Presented by: N.C. American Water Works Association/Water Environment Federation, Central Region
    • Awarded to: Hillsborough Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2009

Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection:

  • Outstanding Wastewater Collection Operator of the Year
    • Presented by: N.C. American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association
    • Awarded to: Utility Maintenance Supervisor Al Roberston, 2016
  • Small Wastewater Collection System of the Year
    • Presented by: N.C. American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association
    • Awarded to: Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division, 2016

Water Treatment Plant:

  • Outstanding Operator of the Year
    • Presented by: N.C. Waterworks Operators Association
    • Awarded to: Former Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Russell Bateman, 2015