William D. Hatfield Award

The William D. Hatfield Award recognizes outstanding treatment plant operators. It was established by the Water Pollution Control Federation of 1946, and now honors each year exceptional operators of wastewater treatment works throughout the world.

This award is named appropriately for William D. Hatfield, 19th president of the WPCF and the long-time "operator" of the Decatur, Illinois, Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Kansas Water Environment Association may name an outstanding Kansas operator to be honored with this award every year.

Past Recipients of This Prestigious Award
2022 Michael Braden & Mike Turner 1996 Steve Leiker
2021 Jamie Belden 1995 John Booton
2020 Scott Millholland 1994 Wayne Nelson
2019 Heather Phillips 1993 Jerry Davies
2018 Gerald Grant 1992 Millie Reed
2017 Dustin Coles 1991 John Gavin
2016 Richard Jones 1990 Bob Sample
2015 Brian Bradshaw 1989 James Tush
2014 Ed Bonham 1988 Bruce Fortner
2013 Charlie Suchy 1987 Mike Younger
2012 Jason Patty 1986 Raymond Stillwell
2011 Clint Gregor 1985 Harry Zielke
2010 Bill Johnson 1984 Max Rhodd
2009 Joe Foster 1983 Alan Shineman
2008 Jim Larkin 1981 Thomas E. McMahon
2007 Richard Cook 1980 Duane Morgan
2006 David Harper 1978 Doyle Webster
2005 Mike Wagner 1977 Myron Caliteaux
2004 Mark Eisenbarth 1975 James Bills
2003 Eddie Andrews 1972 Don Vaughn
2002 David Schmidgt 1969 Irl E. Wall, Jr.
2001 Ben Looney 1966 John Glidewell, Jr.
2000 Steve Gorszczyk 1964 Wilbur K. Moffat
1999 Randy Storrer    
1998 Alice Ballard 1961 Victor W. Pickering
1997 Steve Kubler 1958 Lyle Cunningham