Fort Smith hires util­i­ties direc­tor

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DAVE HUGHES

FORT SMITH — Jerry Wal­ters has been hired to lead the depart­ment re­spon­si­ble for ex­e­cut­ing a fed­eral con­sent de­cree to elim­i­nate chronic vi­o­la­tions of the fed­eral Clean Water Act from the city’s waste­water sys­tem.

City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Carl Gef­fken an­nounced in a news re­lease Thurs­day that Wal­ters will be­come direc­tor of the Util­i­ties Depart­ment be­gin­ning April 3.

Wal­ters, of Alexandria, Va., will leave his po­si­tion as an ap­pointed gen­eral en­gi­neer at the Pen­tagon for the U.S. Army. Be­fore that, he served 7 1/2 years as public works direc­tor at the U.S. Army base in Baumholder, Germany. He also served in en­gi­neer­ing po­si­tions at five other Army bases in the United States and abroad, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Wal­ters also served as se­nior en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ner for Clark County, Nev.

His more than 30-year ca­reer in­cluded 15 years work­ing in water and waste­water man­age­ment, the re­lease said, and he has worked un­der con­sent de­crees at do­mes­tic and for­eign Army bases.

Fort Smith of­fi­cials signed a con­sent de­cree in De­cem­ber 2014 with the fed­eral En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and Depart­ment of Jus­tice and with the state of Arkansas to elim­i­nate sewer over­flows and main­tain the sewer col­lec­tion and treat­ment sys­tem to com­ply with the Clean Water Act.

City of­fi­cials es­ti­mate com­ply­ing with the de­cree will cost about $480 mil­lion over the 12-year life of the de­cree.

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