G. Steven Errickson, chairman of Landis SA in Vineland (and executive director of Cumberland County Utilities Authority), received this award for his ability to articulate the value and efficiency of the sewerage authority at a time when the City of Vineland is stepping up efforts to effectively manage municipal and clean water utility service. Mr. Errickson worked closely with City officials to develop shared services and partnerships and eliminate duplication. He also has devoted significant time to help members of the State Legislature understand the need to protect clean water and solid waste funding–so that the money is available to repair and maintain high-quality infrastructure.
Denny Reiter of Willingboro received the award for more than two decades of service to the Willingboro MUA. Mr. Reiter has made it his consistent practice to ask whether board actions are in the best interest of the ratepayers. He fostered positive relationships with the municipality, with the wider community, and with legislators, and he brought special knowledge about pension and labor matters to his service on the board because of his work at the NJ Department of Education and the labor union, CWA.Lifetime Member.
Lynn DeMicco, of Jackson Township, a long-time staff member at the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority was given this award for a forty-year record of accomplishment and her ability to change and grow with the authority. She began as a part-timer and grew into seasoned utilities industry professional, establishing high standards of performance and customer service. Lynn is shown here with Jim Diaz, Assistant Executive Director at Jackson and AEA President Jerry Cevetello. Jackson Township MUA was also recognized for its energy efficiency program, which enabled it to cut water electric costs by 37% and sewer electric costs by 48%. Jackson constructed of a 1M gallon water tank allowing them to cut pumping operatios by four hours a day. They rehabilitated several unused water mains and established a highly efficient interconnection with a neighboring water system. Jackson implemented rigorous temperature control monitoring program across its 50 sites and facilities and joined an energy purchasing cooperative. They also entered into a power-purchase agreement that is expected to reduce electric bills by $50,000 annually.
Patricia Skrocki, (right) a resident of Lakewood Township and Director of Human Services at Ocean County Utilities Authority, was given this award, which recognizes an individual who has become active in AEA in the last several years and who has great potential for continuing leadership. Ms. Skrocki is a founder and driving force behind the AEA Human Resources Committee, which has developed into a valuable forum for learning. Ms. Skrocki arranges speakers who discuss health care, retirement and pensions, workplace regulation, employee management, IRS matters and more. She also provides guidance to AEA on HR workshops and writes on HR topics for AEA publications. Pat is shown here with AEA President Jerry Cevetello and Executive Director Peggy Gallos.
See Photo Gallery for more Wave awardees. These include: Robert Bongiovanni of Two Bridges SA and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Quality.