By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Hamilton County Commissioners paused to honor one of their prized employees. Here is a portion of the resolution, introduced by Commissioner Greg Beck:

"Since 1976, Gary Waters, assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, has been one of the most dependable, loyal and reliable employees of Hamilton County Schools.  He is in charge of almost eighty school buildings, as well as all other school district facilities that house central office workers, buses and maintenance workers.  He's responsible for keeping our students and teachers comfortable from the heat of August to the chill of January, while making the wisest use of a taxpayer-funded budget.

He is completing his 35th year with the school district.  Since Gary joined the school district, he has overseen the construction of 27 brand new school buildings, supervising the expenditure of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
That's in addition to renovations, additions and repairs to every school facility in the county, from new roofs to new gymnasiums, to new classrooms to new wings.
In each case, Gary works with contractors to get the most for the money, and treats each project as if it was his own home.  In most cases, these massive projects come in under budget, and ahead of schedule.
Gary has worked under several superintendents, and with scores of School Board members and County Commissioners.  Without exception, he has always been held in the highest regard by his administrators and elected officials, who know Gary is a man of his word.  He is approachable, accessible, and has earned the trust of every citizen in Hamilton County.  One of the more common phrases among school officials is, "What would we do without Gary Waters?"  Hopefully we won't have to answer that question for a long time.
For Gary Waters' untiring work in the betterment of education for all the children of Hamilton County, we are proud to honor him as a Distinguished Citizen of Hamilton County."
Waters says he was proud of the cooperation he receives from School Board members and County Commissioners, pointing out that $350 million in local tax money had been used to build and improve schools since the merger of city and county schools in 1997.