Mr. Getchell joined GMB in 2014 as Director of Operational Services. Operational Services is part of the firm’s Water / Wastewater Engineering Group, focusing on the operations and maintenance of municipal projects. He assists municipal clients with administrative challenges such as state and federal permitting, capital improvement and corrective action planning, engineering studies, and USDA, MDE and CDBG grant and loan applications. He provides guidance with respect to planning, design, startup, operation, maintenance, and optimization of municipal water and wastewater facilities. He also provides technical assistance to water and wastewater plant operators. In addition to operational services, Mr. Getchell manages engineering projects including design, bidding and construction administrative services.
Mr. Getchell earned a Professional Operator (PO) designation from the Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP) and holds several water and wastewater licenses in the State of Maryland. His career focus for over the past 30 years has been the public works industry, including 14 years as Director of Public Works & Utilities for the Town of Denton, Maryland. Prior work experience includes the Queen Anne’s Co. Sanitary District as a Utility Technician for 4 years and the Maryland Environmental Service as an Environmental Systems Supervisor for 11 years. Since 2007, Mr. Getchell has been actively involved with the Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET) providing technical assistance with planning, design, construction, startup, and operations of water and wastewater facilities throughout Maryland. As part of MCET, Mr. Getchell has instructed MDE approved classroom training for operators in six local states.