JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced its 2013 Employee of the Year awards Dec. 18.
Timothy Covey was named Supervisor of the Year and Gerald "Jay" Caddy was named Employee of the Year.
"I am proud to recognize these two outstanding professionals for their work," said NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus when he presented each of them with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Covey, the Financial Management Cost Accounting Director, was recognized as the Supervisor of the Year for his technical knowledge and leadership skills to overcome a vast array of extraordinary challenges faced throughout the year. He consistently supplied critical and necessary information to his staff for the startup of a new fiscal year, working through an administrative furlough, faced a complex end of year closeout and established the ground work for the emergency furlough period.
"Tim took it upon himself to improve processes in our cost accounting department saving the government countless man-hours of work and thousands of dollars," said Kiwus. "He continuously pulled reports providing senior leadership vital information to ensure we maintained compliance during the imposed sequestration."
Covey contributes his success to his staff. "They are good people who want to do a good job and are willing to help each other," said Covey. "I am fortunate to work with them."
Caddy, an engineer with the Public Works Department Jacksonville Utilities Department, was recognized as the Employee of the Year and was recognized for his extraordinary technical ability in the development and implementation of several innovative projects to protect the environment while reducing overall energy costs to the U.S. Navy.
"Jay has dedicated many years in developing and implementing several innovative projects to protect our environment while reducing energy costs to the government," said Kiwus. "He was the driving force behind the recent expansion of the wastewater treatment plant reuse system to supply reclaimed water to the golf course irrigation system at Naval Air Station Jacksonville."
This project not only eliminated the discharge of 18,000 pounds of harmful nutrients per year into the St. Johns River, it also precluded the need to withdraw 37 million gallons of water per year from the Florida aquifer. The second part of the project, which should be completed in 2014, will make the Jacksonville wastewater treatment plant the first "zero discharge" plant in the area.
Caddy also researched the technology, developed the statement of work, gained regulatory approval, coordinated with the manufacturer and oversaw the implementation of a new sludge treatment system that will reduce energy consumption by nearly one million kilowatt hours per year and save over $100,000 annually in energy and operating costs.
"Working these projects has been very fulfilling," said Caddy. When I first came here in 1994, I worked on getting the first phase of the reuse system designed, permitted and constructed for the Timiquana Country Club for golf course irrigation, but I always wanted to expand it to our station golf course. It took 20 years, but we did it."
Through his hard work Naval Air Station Jacksonville has reduced its wastewater discharge to the river while providing a source of irrigation water to the golf course and eliminating the withdrawal of millions of gallons of potable water from the Florida aquifer.