Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission’s longest serving employee retires
Lexington, SC - Recently, longtime utility worker Keith Hunter retired from the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission. He leaves behind a legacy of service to the people of Lexington County unrivaled by any other employee of that agency.
Keith Hunter has been working for the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission for 25 years and collectively has 39 years experience in the utility sector. He began his utilities career at the Town of Batesburg sewer plant in 1979. Keith began working for Lexington County in August 1986, in the Public Utilities Department. He was one of three employees and would be on call for months at a time. During his time at Lexington County, he did all the meter readings and minor repairs.
Keith transferred to the Commission in 1993, when Lexington County formally conveyed its water and sewer systems assets. At that time, the total number of accounts was 1,100. Keith pulled all water samples and manually read all the Commission’s meters until the year 2000. This task would take him 3 to 3 ½ weeks to complete. About the time he finished, it was time to start again. Since that time, the Commission has grown to 16,394 accounts and everyone knows that Keith is thankful that he does not have to manually read all of those accounts!
Keith was born and raised in Batesburg, South Carolina and attended Batesburg schools. He is one of a set of triplets, and his brothers Kent and Carl still reside in Lexington County. He will have been married to his wife Joyce for 27 years when they celebrate their anniversary on July 26, 2018. Together they have a blended family of 6 children and are officially the Commission’s “Brady Bunch.” Keith and Joyce have 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
People who know him say that It cannot be overstated that Keith is a HUGE Gamecock fan. When he is not watching Gamecock sports he enjoys fishing. Perhaps now, after 39 years of serving the public, he’ll have a bit more time to slow down, cast a line, watch his Gamecocks, and just enjoy some time for Joyce and him. Congratulations Keith on your retirement!