Sussex County recognizes Heather Sheridan for her 40-plus years of service

GEORGETOWN – America’s year-long bicentennial celebration was winding down when Heather Sheridan was hired as an employee of Sussex County.

After 40 years and seven months, it will be time for art and travel, says Ms. Sheridan, Sussex County’s Director of Environmental Services who plans to officially retire in mid-July.

During her tenure, Ms. Sheridan oversaw the development of staff and the entire Environmental Services Department, which has grown to four wastewater treatment plants and serves over 70,000 customers in Sussex County.

Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent presents a plaque and tribute to Director of Environmental Services Heather Sheridan, who is retiring in mid-July with more than 40 years of service to Sussex County.

“Growing up I always enjoyed science and I always enjoyed art,” said Ms. Sheridan. “When I went to college I thought, ‘Well, I’ll save the art for fun and I’ll focus on science.’ So, I got a degree in biology and when I finished I had two dreams: live at the beach and use my degree in some fashion.”

In presenting a tribute at the June 27 county council meeting, Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson shared with the audience that Ms. Sheridan’s lengthy career with the county began as an operations supervisor at the South Coastal Regional Wastewater facility. That was Dec. 2, 1976.

She became Director of Operations on Nov. 30, 1995; that title changed to Director of Environmental Services – a position she has held since that time in 1995.

“Throughout this time, she led a team of dedicated county employees and managers … many of whom have joined us today to recognize the retirement of their boss,” said Mr. Lawson. “We would like to thank Heather for her years of dedication and service to Sussex County, to our customers and mostly to all of us that call you our colleague and our friend.”

“When the county hired me in 1976 to work at South Coastal, my dreams came true: I could live at the beach and I could work with science,” said Ms. Sheridan, who resides in the Bethany Beach area. “As Todd said, that (South Coastal) was our first treatment plant. We’ve grown so much since then. So as a result, my job was always interesting, it was challenging … somewhat stressful at times. But I was so fortunate to work with such a fantastic group of people. A whole gang of them is here today.”

“Thank you very much and we wish you the best in retirement,” Mr. Lawson said.

“So, now it’s time for the art, and painting and drawing and traveling – and hopefully some fantastic adventures,” said Ms. Sheridan. “Thanks so much … and I hope all of your dreams come true.”

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