Chuck Anders retires as manager of the WCSD
When the district was formed in 1970, he was working as a foreman for Northern Counties Utilities, the private company that owned the water and sewer system. He was hired by this company in 1964.
He said he finally decided to retire after his recent bout with pneumonia when he was hospitalized and he had to leave matters in the hands of Rob Compton, the assistant manager, and Randy Buchanan who was hired as temporary help.
“The district has kind of been mine for so many years it is hard for me to do it. I don’t want to do it but Joanne (his wife) needs help here at home taking care of our great-grandchildren in the daytime as well as my mom,” said Anders.
Even when he is retired he expects to get up at 2 a.m. to fix sewers on occasion. He said he would consult with the WCSD staff anytime they needed his input.
Compton said Anders has a huge amount of knowledge and experience in operating the services within the district. He also has a deep concern for the residents the district serves.
“I have personally seen him fix a broken water pipe under someone’s house in zero degree temperature in the middle of the night just because they needed help. His clothes were frozen on him in a minute,” said Compton.
While many expect to travel upon retirement that is not what Anders has planned. He hopes to hang around down at the water company on occasion and take his family out for hamburgers at Woody’s on Friday nights.
“Our lifestyle won’t change any except I don’t have to get up at 3 a.m. to fix water mains, but I probably will,” said Anders.
Elta Silva, chair of the Board of Directors for WCSD, said she was sure the district would need to call Anders from time to time because his knowledge of the water and sewer systems is unbelievable.
“I don’t know how his retirement will impact the district because he has been here forever,” said Silva.
Westwood became Anders’ home in 1958. He came to the area with a construction company that was working on a paving project on the peninsula at Lake Almanor. At that time he met Joanne Richardson and decided to stay when his company finished the job. To support himself he opened an auto mechanic shop.
He and Joanne married in 1959 and Anders went to work for the U.S. Forest Service for one year then worked at a gas station before he was hired as a foreman at the water company. He and his wife have two daughters, Barbara and Betty.
Anders joked that he needed to retire so he could draw a few retirement checks before he dies. He is 71 years old.
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