Awards of Excellence

Each year the Alliance has the distinctive honor to recognize some of the best of the best in the water and wastewater industry. Awards are presented to individuals that have been nominated by their peers, coworkers, managers and/or board / council members during the luncheon held at our annual Spring Conference.


Award Nomination Category Definitions

Award Nomination Form

2019 Award Recipients

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The best of the best in the water and wastewater industry were honored at our 2019 Spring Conference. Recipients were recognized and presented with an award during the luncheon at the French Lick Resort. 

  • Wastewater Systems Operations Specialist of the Year
  • Water Systems Operations Specialist of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Administrative Professional of the Year
  • Associate Member of the Year
  • President's Choice Award
  • Steward of the Environment Award

Ron Fuchs, Waldron Conservancy District

Wastewater Systems Operations Specialist of the Year

Ron has worked for the district since 1983, and was nominated by Kim McCrary. McCrary says, “Ron has been a one man operation for the Waldron Conservancy District since 1983. He takes care of all water and wastewater needs for Waldron, Indiana. He has devoted his life to this job. He goes out day or night, regardless of weather or holidays, whenever he is needed. I have worked for him for 12 years and he has been the best boss of my life. He cares about his job, our system, his community, his church, and loves his friends and family. Ron is one of the most dedicated people I have ever met.”


Richard Saucerman, Town of Cloverdale

Water Systems Operations Specialist of the Year

Richard began working for the Town of Cloverdale in 1995. He was nominated by Cheryl Galloway. Cheryl says, “Richard knows every water line and 90% of wastewater lines and the history that only an old timer would know. His knowledge has been a life saver on more than one occasion. He is a treasure to this town and the associates he works with.”


Scott Salsbery, City of Lawrence Utilities

Manager of the Year

Scott has been with the City of Lawrence for almost 33 years. Scott was nominated by Paul Wanner. Paul says, “Scott cares about every employee of the utility. He makes every effort to be fair and to treat every employee the same. He truly leads by example.”


Cindy Lunsford, Connersville Utilities

Administrative Professional of the Year

Cindy has worked for Connersville Utilities since 2001. She was nominated by Mike Bottomley. Mike says, “Cindy possesses outstanding skills in leadership as well as organization. Her willingness to help others and dedication makes her a valuable asset to the utility ”


Utility Pipe Sales

Associate Member of the Year

Utility Pipe Sales is a “newer” associate member - joining in 2012, consistently attending the Huntingburg Operator Expo. In more recent years, Utility Pipe Sales has capitalized on their relationship with the Alliance and reaped the rewards of getting to know our member utilities better, through increased sponsorships and attendance at more of our events.


Dave Harvey, Water Solutions Unlimited

President's Choice Award

This award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Harvey was selected by the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Board President because of his unwavering passion for rural water and wastewater communities in Indiana. This passion has driven his commitment to our association that can be seen by him connecting with our members through classes, events and sponsorships.


Ted Stubbs, Brookville Lake Regional Waste District

Steward of the Environment Award

This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the message, “Take care of the environment and the environment will take care of you.” Ted has been with the system since 1996, making it his never ending quest to make Brookville Lake Regional District the best system possible. Ted also has worked with various other groups to maintain a constant vigil on the activities at the local and state level with regards to legislation that will affect not only the BLRWD but also rural water communities in general.