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Nov 30, 2008

Source: Times-Picayune

Clay honored with merit award

Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

November 30, 2008 Sunday

Clay honored with merit award

River Parishes bureau

Kenneth “Butch” Clay of Luling, foreman of the St. Charles Parish Wastewater Department, recently was presented Latter & Blum Realtors’ Merit Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research during an awards presentation at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.

The award recognizes outstanding performance and creative problem-solving by public sector employees. Wastewater Director Sammy Accardo nominated Clay, who was one of four recipients chosen from a field of 28.

“Mr. Clay immediately came to mind for this award,” Accardo said. “His nomination was sent in the Friday before Hurricane Gustav hit. As usual, he was about his duties preparing for the storm.”

Through his expertise and hands-on supervision, Clay has been able to save St. Charles Parish taxpayers thousands of dollars, Accardo said.

Clay was first hired as an electrician in 1992. When the Wastewater Department began the construction and startup of its two major facilities, Clay learned all aspects of their design and oversaw training of the staff on the computer systems that run the plants. His first-hand knowledge of the technical aspects of the department’s facilities has allowed him to solve electrical problems without having to hire outside contractors.

As collection and maintenance foreman, he has established a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system for the department’s primary sewer lift stations. The system allows employees to detect and prevent potential problems.

Nov 30, 2008

Source: Times-Picayune

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