Randy Baker named director of water services


Written by: Press Release Posted by David Elliott
Publication date: 10-12-2022

Randy Baker is appointed Director of Water Services for the Town of Russell effective October 15th.

Baker has worked for the Town of Russell since January 1999 in the water utility as a maintenance worker, main worker for the water supply and sewage system and most recently as the superintendent of distribution water and sewage.

Baker and his team produce more than 300 million gallons of drinking water each year for more than 2,400 customers by managing two water sources, maintaining 30 miles of raw water transmission line and supplying water to two plants in water treatment. Finished water is piped to the city’s two above-ground water towers, and from the towers water reaches customers via 63 miles of water distribution pipes.

Additionally, Baker’s department oversees the city’s sewage collection and treatment system. The Russell Wastewater System is one of the largest lagoon systems in Kansas, treating over 373 million gallons of wastewater per year. The City uses a significant portion of treated wastewater to irrigate municipal parks and the municipal golf course.

The sewage lagoon system and Plant A are undergoing major rehabilitation projects that will update the equipment and keep the facilities useful for another 20 years.

“Under Randy’s leadership and his extensive knowledge of water and wastewater systems, the utility will continue to provide high quality community services with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism,” the manager said. Municipal Jon Quinday.

Baker is originally from Salem, Missouri and moved to Russell in 1999. He enjoys hunting, traveling to watch his son practice college baseball, and spending time with his family.

(Information and photo courtesy of the Town of Russell.)

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