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District Staff Bios and Contact Info

Administration

Manager:  Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick FitzgeraldPat joined Platte Canyon in 1974 and was appointed District Manager in 1975.  Through intergovernmental agreements with Platte Canyon Pat also serves as manager of Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, and management agent for Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District, Columbine Water and Sanitation District, Lochmoor Water and Sanitation District and Valley Sanitation District.  He is currently chairman of the Denver Water Distributors Forum, an organization consisting of 66 contract distributors of Denver Water, and the Denver Water Rates and Fees Technical Advisory Committee, a group of 19 municipalities and special districts formed to monitor and comment on Denver Water rate practices.  He is an active member of the American Waterworks Association, Water Environment Federation, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and American Public Works Association.

 

Assistant Manager:  Cynthia Lane

Cynthia Lane

Cynthia joined Platte Canyon April 10th, 2017 as the Assistant Manager for Administration. Prior to joining the District Cynthia served as a Regulatory Analyst for the American Water Works Association, working with the USEPA and Congress on issues impacting the drinking water sector. Cynthia moved to Denver in 2011 and continued to work with the AWWA as the Director of Engineering & Technical Services. Cynthia’s duties within the District include managing contract administration, human resource management, and special projects management.

Cynthia is a registered Professional Engineer and has a degree in civil engineering from Penn State University as well as a masters degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Financial Administrator:  Vanessa Shipley

Vanessa ShipleyVanessa Shipley was hired as financial administrator for Platte Canyon and Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Districts in July 2003.  Prior to that Vanessa served as an auditor with Van Schooneveld and Company and CliftonGunderson for four years. Vanessa’s responsibilities include processing financial statements, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and investments for Platte Canyon and Southwest Metropolitan.

Vanessa is a licensed certified public accountant and is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association.

 

Project Coordinator:  Tony Cocozzella

Tony CocozzellaTony was hired for the position of project coordinator in 2014 after retiring from Denver Water with 39 years of service. In the position of project coordinator Tony is responsible for review of all water and wastewater facility construction plans for Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar and Columbine Water and Sanitation Districts and Valley Sanitation District. In addition to “in house” review, Tony coordinates review of construction plans with other organizations such as Denver Water, the Cities of Littleton and Englewood, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.  Once a project moves to construction, Tony oversees facility installation, testing and documentation.

 

Administrative Assistant / Conservation Coordinator:  Alyssa Quinn

Alyssa QuinnAlyssa began employment with Platte Canyon in January 2000 as a filing clerk and database administrator.  She assumed the secretary/ receptionist position in 2004. Alyssa’s duties include customer service activities, administration of the District’s extensive computerized asset management system and GIS systems, and providing administrative support to the manager and construction coordinator.  She also serves as the District representative to the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association Conservation Committee, is the Chairperson for the Distributor Conservation Committee, is a Board member for the Colorado WaterWise organizations and is a member of the management team. Alyssa is also responsible for running the District's HOA Outreach Program.

 

Project / Information Technology Technician:  Adam Morse

Alyssa QuinnAdam began employment with Platte Canyon in January 2015 as a temporary part-time employee to assist with data inputting, GIS, Autocad and information technology functions, conversion of hard copy tap permit records to electronic records with links to the Districts’ GIS programs, and other electronic record conversion functions.  On July 1, 2016 Adam assumed the newly created full-time position of Project / Information Technology Technician with expanded duties to include assisting Tony Cocozzella perform mapping and construction inspection documentation duties and assisting Alyssa Quinn in managing the Districts’ computer systems thereby reducing the amount of time and expense required to attain an outside computer consultant.

 

Operations

Operations Supervisor:  Scott Hand

Scott HandScott Hand has been employed by Platte Canyon since 1980.  He began his service as an Operator I employee, was later promoted to the operations foreman position and, in 2005, became the operations supervisor. As supervisor, Scott oversees six employees charged with operating and maintaining all water and wastewater infrastructure, vehicles and buildings owned by Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar, Columbine, Lochmoor Water and Sanitation Districts, and Valley Sanitation District.  He has obtained the highest levels of certification for water distribution system and wastewater collection system operations offered by the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board.  Scott is well known by many District customers as an employee that goes beyond the call of duty when responding to customer service requests, diagnosing problems and effectuating repairs.

 

Operations Foreman:  Armando Quintana

Armando QuintanaArmando was appointed operations foreman in December 2005 after serving six years in an operator I position.  Before joining Platte Canyon, Armando worked for the Alamosa Water Department and served in the U.S. Marines during the Gulf War.  Armando’s duties include directing  and assisting five operations staff members in the operation, maintenance and repair of 245 miles of water main, 2,005 fire hydrants, 4,835 water valves, two water pumping stations, 235 miles of sewer main and a wastewater pumping station.

Armando has achieved level IV wastewater collection system and level III water distribution system certification through the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board.

 

Operator:  Bruce Yarish

Bruce YarishBruce began employment with Platte Canyon in 1984 after working for the City of Arvada Utilities Department.  Bruce’s responsibilities include operation, maintenance, and repair of all water distribution and wastewater collection facilities serving the residents of Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar, Columbine and Lochmoor Water and Sanitation Districts, and Valley Sanitation District.  Bruce is certified by the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board as a level II water distribution system operator and as a level II wastewater collection system operator.

 

Operator:  John Mathias

John MathiasJohn has been employed by Platte Canyon as a water distribution and wastewater collection
system operator since February 21, 2006.  As an operator II employee, John is one of six staff members responsible for operation, maintenance and repair of the extensive water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure owned by Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar, Columbine, Lochmoor Water and Sanitation Districts, and Valley Sanitation District. John is certified by the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board as a level III water distribution system operator and as a level III wastewater collection system operator.

 

Operator:  Cory Taylor

Cory TaylorCory joined Platte Canyon as a water distribution and wastewater collection system operator in 2012 after having been employed by another suburban water district.  Cory is one of six staff members responsible for operation, maintenance and repair of the extensive water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure owned by Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar, Columbine, Lochmoor Water and Sanitation Districts, and Valley Sanitation District.  Cory is certified by the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board as a level I water distribution system operator and as a level I wastewater collection system operator.

 

Operator:  Mike Chavez

Mike ChavezMike joined Platte Canyon as a water distribution and wastewater collection system operator in 2013 after having been employed by a water district in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mike is one of six staff members responsible for operation, maintenance and repair of the extensive water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure owned by Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar, Columbine, Lochmoor Water and Sanitation Districts, and Valley Sanitation District.  Mike is certified by the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board as a level IV water distribution system operator and as is studying to obtain his level I wastewater collection system operator.

 

Operator:  Justin Roquemore

Justin RoquemoreJustin joined Platte Canyon as a water distribution and wastewater collection system operator after having been employed by Elite Auto Glass. Justin was born in Farmington, New Mexico and moved to Colorado when he was 8 years old. Justin is one of six staff members responsible for operation, maintenance and repair of the extensive water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure owned by Platte Canyon, Southwest Metropolitan, Bow Mar, Columbine, Lochmoor Water and Sanitation Districts, and Valley Sanitation District.  Justin is certified by the Colorado Water and Wastewater Operations Certification Board as a level II water distribution system operator and as is studying to obtain his level II wastewater collection system operator.