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Daniel Dawson
General Manager

Daniel Dawson has been employed in the water and wastewater industry for over 30 years, with the last 28 at Searcy Water Utilities. He started out with the utility in 1984 as its Wastewater Laboratory Manager and since that time has worked a number of positions within the utility including Wastewater Plant Manager, Pretreatment Coordinator, Safety Director, Assistant General Manager, and since July 1, 2009, General Manager. Daniel has a BS in Chemistry and an MBA from Harding University. He holds a Class 4 Water Operator’s License, as well as a Class 4 Wastewater Operator’s License, from the State of Arkansas. Daniel is involved in a number of state, national and international water and wastewater associations, and has received a number of awards from these organizations including Wastewater Operator of the Year and Wastewater Manager of the year, and in 2003 was inducted into the Glen T. Kellogg Water & Wastewater Hall of Fame. Daniel is married, has 4 children and 4 grandchildren, is a Past President of the Optimist Club of Searcy, and is a Deacon at the West Side Church of Christ.

Scotty Boggs
Water Plant Manager /
Asst. General Manager

Scotty Boggs has worked in all divisions of Searcy Water Utilities since 1984. He currently serves as the Water Treatment Division Manager and Assistant General Manager, and his duties include operating and maintaining the 19 MGD water treatment plant to meet/exceed state and federal regulatory guidelines. With a division staff of nine employees, Scotty oversees monitoring distribution tank levels and maintaining high service pumping stations. Quality control is monitored in-house in the testing laboratory with several compliance programs including bacteriological, lead & copper, and disinfection by-products. His education includes degrees in Earth Science, Sociology, and Liberal Arts from ASU Beebe and Jonesboro. He maintains professional Class 4 level licenses in the fields of Water (Treatment & Distribution), Wastewater, and Industrial Wastewater. He currently holds board positions on the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Assn. and the South West Section American Water Works Assn. Serving twice on state advisory committees for the Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality, he has assisted in the writing of regulatory policy for Water Treatment Discharge General Permits. Scotty is married, has three children, is an avid outdoorsman, and committed to environmental issues.

Jimmy Smith
Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager

Jimmy has been employed with Searcy Water Utilities since 1990. He obtained his Class 4 Wastewater Operator’s License in 1996 and became lead operator in 2010. Jimmy relocated to the Administration Office in the latter part of 2010 to become Safety Director and Pretreatment Coordinator for the Utility and served in that capacity until 2015 when he was relocated again to become the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager where he currently serves. Jimmy served on the Wastewater Licensing Committee for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for Six years and served as Chairman for two of those six years. Jimmy obtained his Class 3 Water Distribution License in 2011. He also received the 2012 Safety Professional of the Year Award from the Arkansas Water Environment Association. Jimmy is married to Pam, has two Children, and a dog.