Hilton Head PSD in September bid a happy retirement to Vince Malphrus, who worked for the utility for 30 years. Malphrus, of Bluffton, held positions as Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor and most recently Utility Location Services Supervisor.
He was very active in the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC), the state’s wastewater trade association. In 2017, the WEASC inducted Malphrus into its “Five ‘S’ Society” – which tongue-in-cheek refers to the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers – a distinction bestowed upon utility staff members in South Carolina who have made outstanding career contributions in wastewater treatment.
Malphrus also was a recipient of the association’s Golden Manhole Award in 2009, which typically goes to just one utility team member a year for outstanding service. Malphrus volunteered for many years on a state committee that creates and reviews wastewater operator license examinations.
Although he is an avid outdoorsman and plans to travel with his wife, Sarah, he also tells us he is not done working! “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to go back to farming and now I’m going to chase that dream,” said Malphrus, who grew up helping his father work on the former farm that is now Moss Creek in Bluffton.
Congratulations on a job well done, Vince! We thank you and wish you all the best!