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Former MPW chairman awarded Order of the Gavel

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

At the November Mount Pleasant Town Council Meeting, Mayor Billy Swails and Mount Pleasant Town Council presented the Town of Mount Pleasant Order of the Gavel to Dr. William L. Golightly, Jr., Ph.D., Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW) Chairman in honor and appreciation of his 31 years of service. PHOTO PROVIDED

At the November Mount Pleasant Town Council Meeting, Mayor Billy Swails and Mount Pleasant Town Council presented the Town of Mount Pleasant Order of the Gavel to Dr. William L. Golightly, Jr., Ph.D., Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW) Chairman in honor and appreciation of his 31 years of service.

Following Hurricane Hugo, Mount Pleasant Town Council determined that it was important that an award be established to recognize citizens of Mount Pleasant who, through individual acts or lifetime contributions, had a significant positive impact on the lives of the residents and businesses of the town. From Hurricane Hugo, the town’s highest award was born in the form of the Order of the Gavel. The wooden gavel that symbolizes the leadership and dedication required of the recipients of the award came from heart pine structural members from Alhambra Hall. The heart pine symbolizes the strength required of recipients of the award. As a commissioner since 1982, Dr. Golightly helped spearhead dynamic changes that have created long-term benefits for MPW customers. Under his leadership, MPW became the first municipal water system in South Carolina to implement reverse osmosis treatment of groundwater. Dr. Golightly also lead efforts for 14 years to push through a Capacity Use Designation, which provides protection for our region’s groundwater supplies.

Because of Dr. Golightly’s leadership and action, MPW became the first utility in South Carolina to be designated as a Groundwater Guardian Community, one of the highest honors for natural resource protection.

“The employees and commissioners of Mount Pleasant Waterworks commend and thank Dr. Golightly for his 31 years of leadership and service. He will be missed at Mount Pleasant Waterworks,” said Clay Duffie, general manager.

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