At Thursday night’s Utilities Commission meeting, long-time Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Kevin Pharis announced his retirement, effective July 31.
The 55-year old Pharis began his career with Leitchfield Utilities over 26 years ago under then-Mayor Sherrill Watson, who served from 1981 to 1995.
Pharis said that when he started his career, there were only five employees at the utilities shop, and now there are 14. Under his sterling leadership, the department has grown to 35 employees.
In his long career, Pharis said that he’s most proud of the recently completed raw water intake system and the new radio-read meters about to be employed by Utilities employees. The radio-read meters will supply Leitchfield Utilities’ workers with the ability to read meters as well as determine if meters have been tampered with, without leaving their work vehicles.
Pharis said he could not be prouder of the employees from his department who have displayed tremendous work ethic, and the willingness to sacrifice to ensure the citizens of Leitchfield can confidently rely on the services offered by the utility.
In regards to Pharis’ successor, Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Robert T. Crawford stated that there are multiple “identifiable and qualified candidates” currently employed by the city. He will advertise the position internally, with 4:00 p.m. Tuesday set as the deadline for filing a resume/application. Crawford plans to conduct interviews on Thursday, beginning at 5:00.