November 17, 2011

Alexander Hired as New City Water Superintendent

The City of Memphis looked within to fill a key vacancy in the water department earlier this month when it was announced former Superintendent Dennis Howard's replacement had been named. However, the board of alderman had to dip into another department to find Howard's successor.

Stacy Alexander was selected from amongst five applicants for the position. Alexander has been with the city since 1990, working in the city's light plant.

"Simply put, the council believes that his years of service to the city in his prior position combined with his work ethics gives him the ability to fill the vacated water superintendent position," said Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg.

No applications for the vacant superintendent job were received from any of the current water plant or water distribution team members. Only one of the five applicants currently maintained the necessary state licenses for the post.

Alexander will be required to maintain a Class D wastewater treatment facility license through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The license requires one-year wastewater treatment facility operating experience, or equivalent experience as classified by DNR to include college education.

Alexander stated he intended to take the class D test this winter.

The city's water plant requires a Class B license as the community utilizes a surface water source with a treatment facility with a capacity of less than 1.5 million gallons per day.

Alexander currently qualifies to pursue a class D license for water treatment. A class B license requires 3.5 years work experience, or a combination of education and work experience.

"That will come down the road," Alexander stated. "I plan to pursue the top license qualifications at the appropriate times."

Plant supervisor, Jim Curry, maintains a class B license, insuring the city will be in compliance with DNR permit requirements.

"Stacy already holds a college degree in which he demonstrates his ability to achieve the certifications required to successfully maintain and hold the position that he has been promoted to as water superintendent," said Reckenberg.

The city indicated that Alexander's position at the light plant likely will not be filled.

"With the current requirements being applied to our power plant, there is a very strong chance that we will be going to emergency run status that will not require the city to hire a new employee," stated Reckenberg.

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