Hope honors town utility clerk for work

HOPE — The town of Hope has declared today as Debbie Hatton Day to honor a longtime public servant who has received statewide recognition.

The town’s utility clerk is being honored one week after she received the 2017 Bonna Burn Award from the Indiana Rural Water Association.

The award is presented to one Hoosier annually who achieves the highest professional standards in preparing and maintaining financial records for a water utility.

After working for the town of Hope for 20 years, Hatton was presented the award April 25 during the association’s annual spring conference at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus.

Hatton’s service to her community was described as invaluable and impeccable in the nomination form signed by Hope Town Manager J.T. Doane, Hope Utilities Manager David Clouse and Hope Clerk-Treasurer Diane Burton.

The award was presented to Hatton eight months after her supervisor, Clouse, was chosen as Collection Systems Professional of the Year by the Indiana Water Environment Association.

Today’s designation of Debbie Hatton Day was declared by Hope Town Council President Clyde Compton.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.