Lab manager receives analyst of the year award

Last Updated: 2/17/2016

Some might not know that the City has a lab staffed with seven employees with the primary goal of testing water quality.  Located at the Dry Creek and Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plants, lab workers collect samples from several sites, testing drinking water, domestic and industrial wastewater, stormwater and recycled water to ensure they’re in regulatory compliance. You also might not know that laboratory manager Kim Spear, a 25-year-employee with EU's water quality lab, is a recent winner for Laboratory Analyst of the Year from the Sacramento Area Section California Water Environment Association (CWEA).

“Kim recognizes the value of supporting others and routinely collaborates with her peers in other water quality laboratories," said Ken Glotzbach, wastewater utility manager. “She has participated in several regional laboratory or regulatory related efforts and her knowledge and skills have been valuable in drafting and writing key response and comment letters to the regulatory and state agencies.”

Kim’s tenure with the city has given her a very broad base of water quality knowledge, which she continues to use to support the needs of Roseville and to help develop and shape new regional programs.

“I was very surprised and honored to receive this award. I could not perform my job as effectively or with as much fun without my wonderful staff and boss,” Kim said. “Their hard work, dedication and patience have allowed me to be considered for this award. I truly do share it with all of them."

Not only does Kim have the technical aspects down, her nomination recognizes her keen ability to find workable solutions even under difficult circumstances and her outgoing nature has been a key ingredient in mentoring and developing the staff she manages.

The work from this small but mighty group helps verify compliance with state and federal laws that regulate the quality of treated water and wastewater.