On August 27, 2013, Don James was chosen as the 2013 Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year. Don was selected by a panel comprised of ITCA Tribal Water Systems Program staff and the Program’s Advisory Committee, based on his achievements.
Don was nominated by Brad Cass, Natural Resources Director, because of his outstanding contributions to the operation, maintenance, and protection of the Smith River Rancheria’s drinking water and wastewater systems. The nomination included the following excerpt:
“Don is the Tribe’s Chief Plant Operator for both the Tribal Water System…and the Wastewater System…Don continues to go over and above his assigned job duties and is a very enthusiastic and dedicated employee. He responds not only to the daily operation of the facilities, but to countless alarms at all hours of the day and night without complaint. His drive and initiative are beyond most…Don is a Smith River Rancheria Tribal Member and also very involved with the Tribal Community as a voluntary Fire Fighter and in various Tribal Cultural Committees and activities.”
Out of the many nominations from various Tribes, four were chosen to be in the running. Don was the only Nominee chosen from California. Congratulations, Don, on being named the first annual ITCA Operator of the Year!
Submitted by Brad Cass, Natural Resources Director, and
Tessa LaFazio, Environmental Protection Technician