- Ed Watt To Retire From the WWTA Board After 24 Years of Service
- In Remembrance of Cleveland T. Grimes
- Honoring The Life of Cleveland T. Grimes
- Cleveland T. Grimes Awarded 2016 Golden Manhole Award
After a total of 24 years of serving devotedly on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) Board of Commissioners, Ed Watt is set to retire at July's monthly board meeting.
Ed Watt joined the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority Board of Commissioners in September 1993 when the WWTA was first created.
During Watt’s tenure, Hamilton County has experienced commercial and residential growth in many of the service areas of the WWTA. Watt’s expertise as an engineer and long time County resident has been invaluable to the leadership he has provided.
WWTA Board Chairman Mike Moon or WWTA Executive Director Mark Harrison said, “From challenges with aging infrastructure to educating the public about the mission of the organization, Ed Watt has provided consistent leadership and dedication to the WWTA.”
In addition to being on the WWTA Board of Commissioners, Watt held the title of Executive Vice President of Volkert & Associates from 1996 to 2002. From 1985 to 1995, he was President of Watt & Estes, an engineering consulting company where he was responsible for project management, traffic and transportation projects, and business development.
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said, “Ed Watt is a true example of citizen leadership. His commitment and dedication have provided a strong foundation for the organization’s future and we offer him our sincerest thanks for a job well done.”
On behalf of the employees and Board of Directors of the WWTA I am shocked and saddened to announce the sudden passing of Cleveland T. Grimes. Cleveland was the Waste Water Treatment Authority’s Executive Director, and more importantly, he was a friend to the Board and to the entire 28 member staff of the WWTA who he considered his family.
We will miss Cleveland in so many ways, most significantly, his laugh that echoed throughout the hallways of our offices assuring everyone no matter what the crisis of the day was, everything was going to be all right. This is such a professional and personal loss. Cleveland was an inspiring leader, who was always positive, always optimistic, unfailingly polite and always committed to doing the right thing in a very, difficult job. He was truly the consummate professional.
Cleveland’s knowledge of the WWTA was encyclopedic, dating back to the Authority’s inception in 1991. Cleveland’s institutional knowledge is irreplaceable, as is his ability to work with homeowners, businesses and politicians on state and federal levels. He was also widely respected by his peers and regulatory community. It seems incomprehensible that Cleveland will not be here tomorrow to lead us forward helping Hamilton County’s growth and development as he has for so many years.
Cleveland’s passing is a devastating loss and we share the grief that his wife Mary Knaff Grimes and his children Ryan Grimes and Julian Cleveland Grimes are now dealing with. Cleveland and his family are in our thoughts and prayers and Cleveland will remain forever in our hearts.
In Remembrance of Cleveland T. Grimes