A deputy wastewater plant operator at Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, was named Delaware’s Wastewater Operator of the Year in a ceremony last week at Delaware Technical Community College.

Jeff Bailey serves as deputy wastewater plant operator at Allen Harim’s Harbeson chicken processing facility, and oversees the company’s Dagsboro spray irrigation facility. When a manager was out of the office for an unexpected period of time, Bailey stepped up and took on even more responsibility with professionalism and expertise, according to Michael Sause, Director of Wastewater at Allen Harim.

“Jeff Bailey’s work ethic, his innovative solutions for conserving water and his ability to find solutions, are just a few of the reasons he was nominated for the accolades,” Sause said. “I can honestly say he’s the best I’ve ever worked with,” he added. 

Bailey lives in Millsboro with his wife Keisha, and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, crabbing, nature walks, and taking photos of nature scenes.  

The awards are presented annually to wastewater operators who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence and an exemplary work ethic while contributing to the high level of water quality in Delaware.

The Operator of the Year Ceremony is sponsored by Delaware Technical Community College; the Delaware Rural Water Association; Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water; Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Division of Water Resources; Delaware On-Site Wastewater Recycling Association and the Water and Wastewater Operators Association, Eastern Shore Chapter.

Source: Allen Harim Foods LLC