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Posted on: December 15, 2023

City recognizes Roy Burgess ahead of retirement 39 years in the making

Roy Burgess and family

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the City of Boerne recognized its current longest tenured employee ahead of his retirement in January.

Roy Burgess, treatment plant superintendent, has been with the City since April 1985. When he retires next month, it will mark the end of his 39-year career at Boerne Utilities.

“Roy started as a groundman, entry level in the department, and has worked his way to the top over the years, and that is a testament to his abilities,” Boerne Utilities Director Mike Mann said. “I truly have never known anybody that cared as much about his product as Roy.”

As a licensed surface water operator and wastewater operator, Burgess knows more than anyone about all the intricacies of the water system. His decades of experience will be sorely missed.

“This is the man behind the curtain, so to speak, when it comes to running our water systems,” City Manager Ben Thatcher said. “There are a lot of certification requirements, knowledge, and experience that is required to operate what we offer here. Roy has done an excellent job with his crew and his team.”

Burgess and his crew manage the Surface Water Treatment Plant at Boerne City Lake, as well as the City’s other two water sources, which include nine ground wells and the water purchased from Canyon Lake through the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). On the wastewater side, his crew oversees operations at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Esser Road and the Wastewater Treatment and Recycling Center on Old San Antonio Road, which also produces reclaimed water for use in residential irrigation.

When he started with the City, there were only three employees on the Water and Wastewater team. That team has grown to 10 over the years, with Burgess at the helm for the last 25 years.

Today, his team serves more than 10,000 customer meters or more than 24,000 people. Burgess’ commitment to excellence has resulted in Boerne’s water system being recognized as a Superior Public Water System by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The City’s drinking water quality consistently meets or exceeds all federal requirement.

“In today’s day and age to find an employee of 39 years of service is probably hard pressed,” Mayor Frank Ritchie said. “Your dedication to the City of Boerne and to the community speaks volumes to why Boerne is such a great community.”

Burgess was presented with a plaque in recognition of his nearly four decades of service to the City and its residents. He says he has enjoyed his time with the City and serving the people of Boerne. He is planning to do more traveling with his wife and enjoy time with grandkids in retirement.

Roy Burgess with City Council

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