Jimmie Dale Thomas – Howard K. Williford Award

Jimmie Dale Thomas of Lexington was honored by the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operator’s Association on July 6 by presenting him with the Howard K. Williford Award, the Association’s most prestigious honor.

When presented the award, Thomas said,

“I am speechless and my wife can testify, I am never speechless. I am deeply honored to receive this award. Over the years, I have spoken to the water operators on various topics and I still enjoy speaking at the short courses when requested.

But I never dreamed that the Association would bestow this honor on me. I thank all of the operators, the MWPCOA Board of Governors, and the HKW Committee for their support. Thank you for the honor”.

The Howard K. Williford Award is given each year to a member who displays “outstanding dedication to the Association. Tim Rogers, committee chair, presented the award at the Association’s 44th Annual Conference in Tupelo, MS. The award is in honor of Professor Howard K. Williford who was instrumental in professionalizing the water and wastewater industry.

Mr. Thomas is a retired State Trooper with Department of Public Safety after 30 years of service. He has been the water operator for the Town of Tchula for 17 years and has been operator with Lebanon Water Association, in Lexington Mississippi for 4 years.

He has been involved with the M S Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Association for 18 years. He served as president of his district and was elected to serve on the Board of Governors. He served as president and past president while on the Board.

Jimmie Dale has and continues to teach numerous classes for the Association at various locations for operator training hours.