The Chesterton Utility has a new superintendent, and municipal officials
couldn’t be more delighted by the appointment: Terry Atherton, formerly the
operations director for Indiana-American Water Company.
At a special meeting Thursday evening, the Utility Service Board voted
unanimously to tap Atherton for the position, vacated by the sudden
resignation last month of Rob Lovell.
“Mr. Atherton has extensive experience in the management and engineering of
water, stormwater, and wastewater utilities,” Service Board President Larry
Brandt said. “As a former director of a large municipal utility (in Fort
Wayne), he developed sound financial planning for the utility, implemented a
nationally recognized competitiveness program and reduced expenses and rate
increases, and improved customer service.”
“I believe Mr. Atherton will provide expert leadership and his operational
and financial experience and success will be of great service to the
communities served by the Chesterton Utility,” Brandt added.
Town Council Member and Utility liaison Sharon Darnell, D-4th, concurred.
“The addition of an individual with the experience and education of Terry
Atherton to the healthy sanitary utility of Chesterton means first-class
service will continue on as business as usual,” she said.
Atherton, Town Manager Bernie Doyle noted, “will bring to our community a
lifetime of experience based on great depth usually only seen in larger
municipalities, such as the ones he directed in Fort Wayne and West Palm
Beach, Fla. He has that rare quality seldom seen in engineers, of having
both a right and a left brain. Just a few of his skills, separate from his
professional civil engineering and public management credentials, include
consulting on rate studies, water asset management, proven supervision,
training, emergency response, and strategic planning. His being on board
will see us through the long term control plan while taking us through and
preparing us for the next level of growth.”
Most recently, Atherton has been serving as president of Shorewood Forest
Utilities Board of Directors but was previously the most public face of
Indiana-American Water Company, as its operations director, responsible for
the overall management of the network and productions ops for the company’s
Northwest Indiana District.
Atherton also served as assistant city administrator (public
utilities/public works) for the City of West Palm Beach, Fla., and as
director of utilities, director of water resources, and chief water engineer
for the City of Fort Wayne.
Atherton has a certificate in public management from Indiana University, is
a registered professional engineer, has numerous publications to his credit,
and was a recipient of the John N. Hurty Award from the Indiana Department
of Environmental Management