Chief WWTP Operator retires after 37 years of service

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 2, 2013) – After nearly 40 years of dedication to the City of Newton, third-generation city employee Dwight Wilson Jr. retired at the end of December. Wilson began his career with the city on Jan. 20, 1977 as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Trainee. He retired as the Chief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.

Public Works and Utilities Director Wilce Martin stated, “We appreciate you (Wilson), and we really do appreciate what you’ve done over these last 30 years you’ve been here. We hate to see you go but we know there’s a time for everybody.”

Wilson said he will be spending his retirement indulging in his hobby of fixing up cars. Wilson stated one of the most memorable moments during his nearly 40 years was the flooding that occurred in July. He also reminisced about other remarkable incidents such as Hurricane Hugo and ice storms.

Throughout his 37 years of employment, Wilson served as a WWTP Operator I, WWTP Operator II, Assistant Lab Supervisor and WWTP Operator III. He was promoted to Chief WWTP Operator in March 2001. Wilson is a third generation City of Newton employee, as his father and grandfather also worked for the City.

Mayor Pro Tem Mary Bess Lawing stated, “Dwight, it’s been so great having you with us these many years. It has been our pleasure having you with us. You have been a great employee, and I wish you the very best.”