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Fleet Mechanic Lead at Northshore Utility District Honored for 30 Years of Service

Fleet Mechanic Lead Ken James was recently honored for 30 years of service at Northshore Utility District (NUD).  James was originally hired at NUD as a Senior Mechanic in 1992 and was promoted to Lead Mechanic in 2003. In his position, he has since served as a telemetry technician, a facility technician, an emergency responder, as well as a mentor and coach for his coworkers.

“Ken has been willing to fill any role that is needed,” said General Manager Al Nelson. “I have never heard him complain about being overworked and understaffed – he merely digs in to get the job done – even if that means working long hours and weekends.”

Northshore Utility District is a special purpose public agency, specializing in providing water and sewer service to over 85,000 people residing in cities of Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, and Woodinville. NUD was originally established, as municipal corporation in 1947 to fill an environmental and public health need.

In addition, to providing water and sewer service, NUD is a provider of regional fleet services for its municipal partners of Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Northshore/Shoreline Fire Department.  Water, sewer and fleet services are managed and maintained by NUD’s staff of just over 50 employees which include utility workers, engineers, construction inspectors, permit technicians, customer service technicians, information technology staff, mechanics, facilities maintenance, seasonal grounds crews, and administration.

“Our team is committed to serving the community by providing essential services in a safe, reliable, economical and ecologically responsible way,” said Nelson. “Fleet Mechanic Lead Ken James has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to serving others in the community throughout his 30 years. He has remained a steady dependable pillar and contributor in our organization.”

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Media Contact:
Amanda Campbell, Administrative Services Manager
Northshore Utility District
(425) 521-3728