LAWRENCEVILLE -- Tommy Hunter knows that Wayne Hill learned a lot about Gwinnett's water and sewer system in his 12 years as chairman of the county commission. After all, a sewage plant bears his name.
So the new commissioner tapped Hill as an advisor, naming him to the county Water & Sewerage Authority, which oversees the countywide enterprise service. Hill will attend his first meeting Monday.
"I consider it a privilege to serve on the water and sewer board just as I did to serve Gwinnett County as chairman," said Hill, who declined an in-depth interview.
Hill lives in Suwanee, which is not in Hunter's District 3, which sweeps across southern and eastern Gwinnett.
But the appointment could come from anyone in the county.
"He's got years of experience and knows the governor and state leaders," said Hunter, who served four years on the authority himself. "We need to use that experience."
Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who served as county administrator while Hill was chairman, said she believes he is a "great addition" to the authority.
"He has a real understanding of water issues, as well as knowledge of our water and sewer system," said Nash, who created a consultant group with Hill when they were both retired. "He understands the battle over water supply as well as anybody because he lived so much of it, as Gwinnett commission chair and as chairman of the ARC Board. I commend Commissioner Hunter on his choice and welcome Wayne to the authority."