Jimmie Dale Thomas of Lexington has earned the 2017 Jim McDonald Water Supply Operator of the Year for a “Class D” Water System presented by the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operator’s Association. MWPCOA President Anthony Hall presented the award at the Association’s Annual Conference in Biloxi, MS on April 18. MWPCOA represents more than 2,500 certified water and wastewater operators in the state.

The Jim McDonald Award is presented each year to a water operator who exemplifies professionalism and dedication to his work. MWPCOA members submit nominations which are reviewed by Association’s Board of Governors. A final selection committee visits the operator’s facility and conducts an interview from which the final recipient is chosen.

Thomas is a water operator for the Town of Tchula. When presented the award, Thomas said, “I feel very humbled and honored that I would be nominated for this award. A lot goes into being a water operator and it is very gratifying to be recognized for the job I am doing. I would like to thank Mayor General Vann for nominating me, and also the public works employees and clerks of the city for their dedicationto the job
which makes my job easier. I enjoy meeting the public and sharing with them many of the facets in providing safe, sanitary drinking water. I feel that water operators should do the best job they can, and look back on each day and feel a sense of accomplishment.”

(Photo) cutline: (Left to Right) MWPCOA President Anthony Hall presents the 2017 Jim McDonald Water Supply Operator of the Year Award to Jimmie Dale Thomas of Lexington.