CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale Town Council has announced Don Guthrie will take over as utility manager for the town effective immediately.
Guthrie has been acting as interim manager since the beginning of November. He was filling in for Mike Gray, who was on medical leave at the time. When Gray resigned, the position opened up for Guthrie and a few other applicants.
"(Guthrie) has done an outstanding job," said council President Don Sublett.
Guthrie comes to the job with a lot of experience. He has an extensive background in operating heavy equipment and installation of water, sewer, storm drain and gas mains.
His career began as a pipe layer in 1986 for Underground Utility Companies. As a pipe layer, Guthrie gained knowledge of how to set up lasers for wastewater and lay water, sewer, storm and gas lines. He is licensed to weld plasatic gas lines.
In August 2001, Guthrie became a general laborer for the Town of Winslow. He quickly rose to superintendent after serving as assistant superintendent for a little more than a year.
Guthrie's resume includes several certifications. He is certified in WT3 Water Plant Operations, WT4 Water Plant Operations, DSL Distribution System Large Operators, Class 1 Wastewater Plant Operators and Class A Industrial Wastewater Operator.
The 1984 Union County High School graduate said he hopes to make the Cloverdale utility department better for the town and its employees.
Sublett said, "Workers enjoy working for him," and that maybe due to his "pleasant disposition."
Guthrie's only hopes are residents understand just how hard the job can be sometimes. When a pipe breaks, he is out in the crazy weather making repairs.
"It feels good (to have the position)," Guthrie said.
He also wants residents to know if problems arise, they can feel free to contact him. He can be reached by calling Town Hall at 795-4093.