Joel Ilseman: FVOA 2018 Operator of the Year

Joel Ilseman, Fox Metro Water Reclamation District Operations Supervisor, has been named Fox Valley Operators Association’s 2018 Operator of the Year. Some of the success that Fox Metro has had under the leadership of Joel and his operations staff along with the support of management, the maintenance department and laboratory include:

  • NACWA Gold Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • NACWA Silver Awards in 2011, 2014
  • Wet Weather Treatment success resulting in less than one combined sewer overflow event per year since facility improvements in 2012
  • 38% reduction in Biosolids volume over the last several years.

Joel and his staff were instrumental in setting the course for the implementation of Phase II of the $100 million Capital Program and various other plant and process improvements. Mr. Joel Ilseman has spent 29 years in the water and wastewater field.  Shortly after completing high school he began his career as a sample collector, and 6 months later became an operator.  As the result of his demonstrated leadership and skill, he was promoted to operations foreman in September 1997. In October 2012 as a Certified Class I Operator, Joel became the operations supervisor responsible for overseeing four foremen and twelve operators in three shifts.

Left to Right: Joel Ilseman, FMWRD Operations Supervisor and Felice Grandinetti, FVOA President

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