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King County, Washington
2004 DNRP archived news: this news release may include broken links and outdated information such as programs and contacts that no longer exist.
May 12, 2004

Renton, Auburn residents selected as employees of the year at county wastewater treatment plants

2004 Archived News

Ed Franceschina of Renton and Bill Bailey of Auburn have been selected as Employee of the Year for 2003 at King County's two regional wastewater treatment plants.

Franceschina, a senior operator at the South Treatment Plant in Renton, "is an inspiration to his fellow workers and a tremendous asset to the workforce," said his supervisor, Cheryl Read. "Ed takes pride in his work, which he developed and nurtured through a conscientious effort to always do his best."

Read added that Franceschina's attributes "exemplify the qualities of the Employee of the Year." As a plant operator, Franceschina monitors and controls treatment equipment at the plant and at off-site facilities such as pump stations and wastewater flow regulators.

Franceschina is retiring May 14 after working 30 years for King County's Wastewater Treatment Division and its predecessor, the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, or Metro. The Renton plant treats wastewater from east and south King County and parts of south Snohomish County and northeast Pierce County.

Bailey, a master mechanic, began working at the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle in 2000. He quickly earned a reputation for his knowledge and versatility. The plant treats wastewater from Seattle, north King County and part of south Snohomish County.

Bailey's job includes maintaining and repairing plant systems and machinery that process wastewater. Working with other staff, he repairs pumps, rebuilds gearboxes and fabricates piping systems.

"Bill is well respected for his craft skills among his co-workers," said his supervisor, Dave Stewart. "He is also one of those people who everyone likes -- a nice person."

An employee committee at each plant selects one Employee of the Quarter as its Employee of the Year.

The Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health and water quality by serving 18 cities, 15 sewer districts and more than 1.4 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Now operated by King County, the regional wastewater treatment utility has been preventing water pollution for nearly 40 years.