NEWTON, NC (Jan. 31, 2013) – With 35 years of service under his belt, City of Newton Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Tim Abernethy is retiring, effective Thursday.
The City of Newton held a luncheon Wednesday at Public Works to recognize Abernethy’s contributions.
Mayor Anne Stedman said, “I know that you’ve loved your job. You have the most passion for your job than anyone I know.”
City Manager Todd Clark similarly noted Abernethy’s loyalty. He said Abernethy’s dedication to his job and the city has been unquestionable.
Public Works Director Wilce Martin said he appreciated all the work Abernethy has done, and wished him well in his retirement.
Abernethy said it has been an honor to work for the city and with his co-workers. He also thanked the city’s administration and council for their continued support.
Abernethy began working for the City of Newton in Feb. 1978 as a water treatment plant operator B. In 1982, he was designated a third shift foreman.
He earned his A certification and became a water treatment plant operator A in Jan. 1984. A few months later, Abernethy was promoted to chief water treatment plant operator in-training.
In May 1985, he was promoted to chief water treatment plant operator. In 1991, Abernethy was designated the plant’s supervisor. He has served as the water treatment plant’s superintendent since July 1999.
Abernethy said he is looking forward to spending time with his family. He and his wife Miriam have two daughters, Melissa and Maria, and three grandsons.