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Mark E. Nicely, P.E. Announces His Retirement…Best wishes to Mark on his retirement from the Board and Staff at PA-AWWA!

Mark E. Nicely, P.E. Announces His Retirement…Best wishes to Mark on his retirement from the Board and Staff at PA-AWWA!

After 46 years in the water and wastewater industries Mark E. Nicely, P.E. has announced his retirement as of March 27th, 2020.

Mark graduated from The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in December of 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.  In January of 1974 he began working as a staff Engineer at Bankson Engineers, Inc. (BEI), a Pittsburgh based water, sewer and municipal engineering firm, where he specialized in management and finance.  In January of 1983 he began his utility management career with Hampton Township Municipal Authority (HTMA) which was the predecessor to the Hampton Shaler Water Authority (HSWA).  He also operated the Richland Township Municipal Authority (RTMA) under a management contract during the early 1980’s.  Mark became the manager of the Fox Chapel Authority (FCA) in February 1994, a position he held until his retirement.

Mark has been a member of various professional organizations throughout his career.  He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as well as a 30 year member of Water Works Operators Association of Pennsylvania (WWOAP).  Mark is a lifetime member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) where he progressed through the Southwest District leadership positions and those on the state level, becoming the PA Section Chair in 2006.  He was awarded the Sam Baxter award for personal service in the water supply field in 2011.

Mark has been associated with the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA) for over 30 years, having been awarded the Sahli Extended Service award.  He has served as Region 10 Assistant Director and Director before progressing through the Executive Committee chairs to become President in 2012.  During that timeframe he served on various committees, most notably the Conference Committee, the Professional Development Committee and the Organizational Development Committee.

Mark has provided PMAA with Board Member training in the western portion of the state, and in conjunction with the annual conference.  He has acted as a moderator for numerous conference training sessions as well.  He was a speaker at the initial PMAA/PWEA (Pennsylvania Water Environment Association) conference on asset management to provide a case study on a successful program.  Mark was honored with the William Marcus award in 2016 for his service to PMAA.  In addition, he was presented with the PA Commonwealth Governer’s Local Government Award in 2013.

Mark is currently the Chair of Pennsylvania Water Wastewater Agency Network (WARN) and has served as such since its creation in 2007.

In retirement Mark will continue his duties as Vice President of his Home Owners Association (HOA) and is considering serving as a Board Member on his local Sewage Authority.  He wants to spend more time with his wife, Dolly, and their Beagle, Hoover, as well as their five, soon to be six grandchildren.

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