Jim Chaffee Accepts AWWA Presidential Gavel

Gavel passing ceremony was among the concluding events at ACE13

AWWA Gavel Passing Ceremony Jim Chaffee ACE 13

Jim Chaffee, a senior consultant with Jacobs Eng. Group Inc., took over as president of the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA), promising to serve “with the same dedication and passion that water people demonstrate every day in providing a better world through better water.”

The gavel passing ceremony in the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center was among the concluding events at AWWA’s 132nd Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE13), which brought more than 10,500 water professionals to Denver. Attendees at the ceremony also learned who had won several competitions during ACE13.

Chaffee, who lives in a rural area of central Wisconsin with his wife, Jan, has been an active member of AWWA for 30 years. He is a registered professional engineer in several states, and a board-certified environmental engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin system.

In his remarks, Chaffee said he would continue work begun by AWWA’s Special Presidential Panel, focusing on educational partnerships between AWWA sections and the association. He also expressed interest in encouraging the creation of AWWA communities in more countries, and in assuring that AWWA serves its members’ desire for more total water solutions to complement its historical drinking water focus.

Chaffee has been recognized for his contributions by receiving the Wisconsin Section Leon A. Smith Award in 1996 (for distinguished service) and the George Warren Fuller Award in 2004. He has authored more than 30 papers and presentations covering a variety of water topics.


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