On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Auburndale City Commission commended Norris Jay, the City’s Public Utility Distribution Superintendent, for 41 years of dedication and service to the citizens of Auburndale. City Manager Bobby Green said there has never been a day or a time that the City asked anything that Norris Jay did not give 100%.
Norris Jay was hired by the City of Auburndale as a laborer in the Water Department on March 19, 1979. Norris would work in the positions of meter reader, service worker III and service worker IV before being promoted to utilities inspector in 1991. In 1994, Norris Jay was promoted to water superintendent due to his high level of knowledge, skills, and competency of the water distribution system, as well as his work ethic. Norris has held this position for more than 25 years.
Throughout Norris’ career with the City, training and education have been a major focus. Norris is a state-certified backflow prevention testing and repairs technician. He holds additional certifications in water and wastewater support systems, a Class C – drinking water treatment plant operator license, and a Level C – stormwater technician license. Norris Jay is also a member of several professional associations including the American Backflow Prevention Association, American Water Works Association, and the Florida Rural Water Association.
Norris’ last day with the City of Auburndale will be Friday, March 20, 2020. Norris Jay will retire as the second longest serving employee of the City of Auburndale having served 41 years and one day.