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Jim Shields Promoted to MUD Vice President

Metropolitan Utilities District promoted James Shields to vice-president of Water Operations to succeed Joel Christensen, who plans to retire next year.

Shields has 33 years of service with the District and most recently served as director of Water Production and Pumping. He joined the District in 1983 as an engineer, and was promoted to assistant supervisor of the Florence Water Treatment Plant and System Pumping in 1987, to water supply engineer in 1989 and to director, Water Production and Pumping in 1997.

He received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a Nebraska Grade I Water Operator license.

He serves as the Water Utility Council committee chair for the Nebraska Section of the American Water Works Association and is a former secretary and trustee of the Nebraska Section AWWA board. He serves as vice-president of the Fort Calhoun Rural Fire Board and is a former member of the Fort Calhoun City Council and Planning Commission.

He received the Water Industry Service Award from Nebraska Section AWWA in 2012 and the "Outstanding Operator" award from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in 2004.

He and his wife, Jill, have three children, Andrew, Connor, and Justin.