William D. Hatfield Award

The William D. Hatfield Award recognizes outstanding treatment plant operators. It was established by the Water Pollution Control Federation of 1946, and now honors each year exceptional operators of wastewater treatment works throughout the world.

This award is named appropriately for William D. Hatfield, 19th president of the WPCF and the long time "operator" of the Decatur, Illinois, Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Kansas Water Environment Association may name an outstanding Kansas operator to be honored with this award every year.

Past Recipients of This Prestigious Award
2021 Jamie Belden 1996 Steve Leiker
2020 Scott Millholland 1995 John Booton
2019 Heather Phillips 1994 Wayne Nelson
2018 Gerald Grant 1993 Jerry Davies
2017 Dustin Coles 1992 Millie Reed
2016 Richard Jones 1991 John Gavin
2015 Brian Bradshaw 1990 Bob Sample
2014 Ed Bonham 1989 James Tush
2013 Charlie Suchy 1988 Bruce Fortner
2012 Jason Patty 1987 Mike Younger
2011 Clint Gregor 1986 Raymond Stillwell
2010 Bill Johnson 1985 Harry Zielke
2009 Joe Foster 1984 Max Rhodd
2008 Jim Larkin 1983 Alan Shineman
2007 Richard Cook 1981 Thomas E. McMahon
2006 David Harper 1980 Duane Morgan
2005 Mike Wagner 1978 Doyle Webster
2004 Mark Eisenbarth 1977 Myron Caliteaux
2003 Eddie Andrews 1975 James Bills
2002 David Schmidgt 1972 Don Vaughn
2001 Ben Looney 1969 Irl E. Wall, Jr.
2000 Steve Gorszczyk 1966 John Glidewell, Jr.
1999 Randy Storrer 1964 Wilbur K. Moffat
1998 Alice Ballard 1961 Victor W. Pickering
1997 Steve Kubler 1958 Lyle Cunningham

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