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Johnson County Wastewater names new chief engineer

Johnson County Wastewater leaders have named Aaron Witt chief engineer, effective immediately.

Witt has been with JCW since 1999, and served as interim chief engineer since Sept. 2016. The chief engineer is responsible for JCW’s engineering activities and oversees asset management, capital improvement programs, sewer development and the district creation process.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with our organization and our stakeholders as we continue to look for ways to improve the achievement of JCW's mission — protecting our environment, serving our customers and enhancing our communities," Witt said.

Witt has been the engineering manager for the existing infrastructure group since 2007, leading 13 engineering and support staff members. His group oversees the planning, design and construction of capital improvement projects of up to $90 million per year, including the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility project.

In addition, Witt has served in other interim roles at JCW including asset manager, assistant operations and maintenance director for collections. He also works to advance industry issues at the local, state and national levels. Witt is one of the authors of a Water Environment Federation special publication on private property infiltration and inflow and has presented numerous papers at conferences both locally and nationally.

"Aaron’s breadth of experience and knowledge of the department makes him the perfect candidate to fulfill the responsibilities of chief engineer with all that is currently happening at JCW," said general manager Susan Pekarek.