City Of Greeley

Greeley Water & Sewer Awards Outstanding Employees

Since 1997, the city of Greeley Water & Sewer Department has presented employee awards. The department employs 120 full time workers and annually recognizes employees who are worthy of recognition. The Water & Sewer Department's Best Suggestion award serves to recognize employees for great ideas that have been suggested over the past year and approved for implementation. The W.D. Farr Top Hand award recognizes employees for their outstanding work ethic and job performance that routinely demonstrates a commitment to go above and beyond.

John Sanchez

The winner of the 2012 W.D. Farr Top Hand award is John Sanchez, Crew Supervisor of Water Distribution. John has 42 years of service with the Water & Sewer Department. He started out as a Maintenance Tech and has advanced to the position of Crew Supervisor. John has had a major role in all of our distribution and cement mortar lining projects; especially with the transmission system. Besides his knowledge and professional efforts to maintain both the distribution and transmission systems, John is an excellent Customer Service Representative for not only the department, but for the entire City of Greeley organization.

Ed Young (Water Treatment Plant Superintendent) accepted the award for the Boyd Lake staff.

The Staff of the Boyd Lake Water Treatment Plant has won the Water Best Suggestion Award. The team includes Kevin Bethel, Mike Collins, Mark Eggers, Dean Schultz, and Jerry Peterson. These employees spent two months replacing 400 fluorescent lights with energy efficient ones at the Boyd Lake Water Treatment plant during the off-season. By avoiding hiring a contractor, the City saved over $3,000 in labor costs and received a $4,000 rebate from Xcel Energy for the work.

Grant Ruff (right) with Tom Dingeman, Wastewater Treatment Superintendent


The Wastewater Best Suggestion Award goes to Grant Ruff. He designed a pumping system at the Water Pollution Control Facility. The metering pump to the ultraviolet disinfection system was aging. A replacement pump would have cost the city $5000 to replace. Grant used a sump pump that the plant had in storage and with $45 dollars of additional supplies, created the new pumping system that has operated trouble-free since it was installed over three months ago.