Joe Higginbotham of Pass Christian was recognized as one of two finalists for the 2017 Jim McDonald Water Supply Operator of the Year for a “Class D” Water System, an award presented by the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operator’s Association. MWPCOA President Anthony Hall recognized Higginbotham’s achievement 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. Higginbotham is the Director of Operations for the Diamondhead Water and Sewer District. Regarding the nomination, Higginbotham said, “I feel humbled and honored. I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, my family, and my district team. I enjoy helping people and the environment.”

(Photo) cutline: (Left to Right) MWPCOA President Anthony Hall recognizes Joe Higginbotham as a finalist for the 2017 Jim McDonald Water Supply Operator of the Year Award.