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Roxanne Holland’s first day of her new job was Monday, July 31. But unlike many who start somewhere new, it was familiar territory for her.

The city announced last week that she was named the new manager of the city’s wastewater reclamation plant. She started with Sedona in 2012 and has managed all of the wastewater capital projects since then.

In addition she’s been overseeing engineering review of development projects for the last couple of years.

“I’m excited about the transition that lies ahead of me,” she said. “I’ve worked with the wastewater staff for the past five years. They are a great group of people and I’m happy to be joining their team.”
Having worked in both the private sector and the public sector, Holland said her preference is working for municipalities. She applied for this position because it lined up with her goals to advance her career into a leadership position in an area that she a strong background in — wastewater.  

“I’ve seen some positive changes at the city over the past few years that made me want to further my career with the city, so I’m happy that I was able to accomplish that goal and stay in Sedona,” she said.

City Manager Justin Clifton said the city always viewed Holland’s candidacy positively. However, there was another candidate with higher certifications and direct experience running a wastewater facility. He was awarded the job but quit soon after.

“When that opportunity fell through I was excited to revisit hiring Roxanne,” he said. “We were able to accommodate her need to earn certifications and learn about our operations by reorganizing another position within the department and building in project management support through Public Works. The revisions make the most of our existing talent and create an environment where Roxanne can thrive as she grows in the position.”

City Engineer Andy Dickey agreed and said Holland did a great job for the Public Works Department, managing its development services program and wastewater capital projects.

“She was a tremendous asset of Public Works and she will certainly be missed,” he said. “I am very happy that she was provided this opportunity at the city of Sedona. I look forward to working with her in this new position, and will happily be supportive when needed.”

For most, the treatment plant is out of sight, out of mind. But it plays an important part in the city’s day-to-day operation. The plant receives and treats most of the sewage from the city. The plant is capable of treating the sewage to the highest standard of A-plus rating, Holland said.

In addition, the wastewater staff is responsible for maintaining all of the collection pipes, pump stations and the treatment plant itself on a day-to-day basis.

“The staff is very busy making sure that the system works properly and the citizens of Sedona have reliable sewer services,” she said.

For more information on the treatment process, Holland will be writing the August edition of City Talk, which appears in the print version of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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