Note from Jim Patton

Jim Patton has stepped down as President of WIWSA. He has sent us this note to share with the membership:

Although I have retired as President of WIWSA and it looks like I will miss at least a few quarterly meetings this year, I would like our members to know that I will be following the important work of our association and will always be available by telephone and email. We have all benefited from the knowledge and experience of our Board’s leadership team. Working closely with the water systems regulators at Island County and the State Office of Drinking Water, the team will continue to be our best guide to safe drinking water on Whidbey Island.
Warm regards, Jim Patton

The board thanks Jim for his years of service to WIWSA where he has built on the organization started by Joe Waldrup and turned it into a powerhouse for safe drinking water on Whidbey Island. On his watch we have increased our membership, built a relationship with AWWA, strengthened our relationships with our state and county regulators, started a scholarship program and addressed the PFAS issue. Jim will be a hard act to follow!

Following Jim’s retirement, the board elected John Lovie as President and Joe Grogan as Vice-President. Randi Perry and Bethel Hart remain as secretary and treasurer respectively.