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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Herrick retires after 35+ years with City of Pocatello

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A mainstay with the City of Pocatello Water Pollution Control (WPC) department is retiring.

After 36 years with the department, Superintendent Jon Herrick will retire February 28. Herrick was hired by the City in October 1981 as a Plant Operator. Over the years, he rose through the ranks to Senior Operator in 1987, Operations Supervisor in 1994, and took the helm as Superintendent in 2008.

“I’m going to miss the many people I’ve been able to work with during my career with the City, especially my coworkers at the WPC facility,” said Herrick. “The WPC staff perform a vital function for the city and quietly go about their work day in and day out.”

During his tenure as Superintendent, he oversaw improvements to the facility’s digesters and several of the pumping stations in the City of Pocatello sewer system. Starting in 2015, the facility began an improvement project to remove phosphorous more efficiently from the incoming water. The effort also saw the facility change from a chlorine-based disinfection system to one that uses ultraviolet (UV) light.

“All of the projects were very important and needed for different reasons whether it was to upgrade from old equipment and processes or to meet Environmental Protection Agency mandated limits,” Herrick said. “The phosphorus project was the latest project and utilized many different facets of treatment processes through the use of filters, chemical addition and UV disinfection.”

In retirement, Jon says he plans do some volunteer work. He and his wife, Nancy, also will be spending more time traveling, camping, hunting, and fishing.  

For more information on the City of Pocatello Water Pollution Control Department, visit pocatello.us/wpc.

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