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Councilman named board's vice chairman

Michael Whatley of Covington has been named vice chairman of The Georgia State Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts.

Whatley is a Covington City Council member and serves on the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority Board of Directors.

The board met Jan. 12 via conference call to elect new officers. Margaret Doss of Augusta was elected chairwoman.

The board approved the following proposed 2009 meeting dates: Feb. 19, April 23, June 18, Aug. 20, Oct. 22 and Dec. 10.

The Feb. 19 meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Professional Licensing Boards in Macon.

The Georgia State Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts was created by legislation enacted in 1969 for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and welfare by establishing minimum qualifications for people who operate wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems and public water supply systems, or who conduct certain tests of water or wastewater samples in conjunction with the operation of public water system or wastewater treatment plants.

The board certifies 13 categories of license. Requirements for all categories include education, training, experience and passage of a national examination.

The board is comprised of six members appointed by the governor. Five are active in the profession and one is a member from the public at large. All members are appointed to four-year terms.