Lab Supervisor Retires After More Than 34 Years of Service to the City

After over 34 years of exemplary service to the City of Hendersonville, Scott “Scottie” Chovan officially retires on March 1, 2021 from his post as Laboratory Supervisor for the Hendersonville Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Scott was originally hired as the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s O.R.C. (Operator in Responsible Charge) in 1984. Two years later, he developed the facility’s laboratory procedures in addition to the quality assurance program, which led to State certification of the lab. 

He is the “go-to guy" when it comes to wastewater biology and technical assistance for municipal laboratories. Scott’s broad and expansive knowledge base has been a wonderful asset over the years, and he is a central reason for the City of Hendersonville’s excellent lab reputation. In 2017, he won the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award for his outstanding work. 

When asked to describe him as an employee, Wastewater Treatment Facilities Manager Garrett DeMoss identified Scott’s dedication, knowledge, and selflessness as defining characteristics. 

Throughout his career, he always went the extra mile to get the job done right, and even walked to work during the massive blizzard of 1993 (now remembered as “the storm of the century”). 

A walking Laboratory Standard Methods book, Scott has the answer to any lab-related question, knows all the chemicals and reagents, and can show you how to do any lab test. 

Scott has spent hundreds of hours of his time to educate both his colleagues and the public, and this unyielding commitment makes him a true ambassador of his field. 

Despite his quiet nature, he has a charming sense of humor and always maintains a positive attitude. 

Please join us in thanking Scott Chovan for his many years of service! We wish you luck in the next chapter of your life!