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Water Reclamation Facility
June 2017

James Shropshire has worn many hats over his 31 plus years with Akron’s award winning, state of the art Water Reclamation Facility, a few of them were worn at the same time.  James started out as Utility Worker, was promoted to Wastewater Operator.  He obtained his Class I, II, and III Wastewater Operator certificate thru the State of Ohio EPA was then promoted to Lead Operator.

James was recognized for his leadership abilities at work and in his personal life and because of this was asked to fill the role of acting – Team Leader during the re-engineering of the division. 

James was eventually promoted to Planner/Scheduler, but has also taken on the responsibilities of the day to day role of our stockroom as well as filling in as our Maintenance Supervisor. 

James exemplifies leadership and mentorship in a quiet  yet most impactful way as a servant leader.  James has made a huge impact in the lives of our high school interns here at the plant.  It is important to note that one of the reasons why James is able  accomplish all that he does is his almost perfect attendance.  I believe James has missed less than a handful of days over his tenure with the City of Akron. 

The other reason is his strong faith, James has also been a servant leader at The House of The Lord where he has been a long time member.  Equally important James is a family man, married to Gwen, has four adult children and is blessed with many grandchildren.  James would be the last to talk or boast of his accomplishments, but would be the first to mention that he is part of a team.  It is my pleasure to nominate my good friend and a great example James Shropshire.

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