Mindi Dearing has been named Compliance Manager for Beaver Water District’s newly created Compliance Department. The promotion will occur on Oct. 1. Dearing, former Laboratory Supervisor for the District for well over a decade, will be responsible for the research, analysis, and evaluation of regulatory activities that impact the drinking water industry and ensure the District is in compliance with federal, state, and local entities. In addition to ensuring drinking water quality, Dearing will also assist with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining the strategic initiatives of the District. The increasingly complex needs of regulatory compliance and sufficient coverage of work responsibilities prompted the formation of the Compliance Department.
Dearing joined the District on Jan. 10, 2005. However, she began her journey in the water industry while attending college in Stillwater, Okla., where she worked in a private laboratory that provided consultation and analysis for water and wastewater treatment plants. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and went on to work as an Environmental Chemist for the Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utilities department until she accepted the Laboratory Supervisor position at Beaver Water District and moved to Arkansas in 2005. Dearing also completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 2019.
Dearing has been an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for more than 20 years and has served on multiple AWWA committees including Operator Involvement, Young Professionals, and the Emerging Water Quality Issues. She just recently handed over the reins of the Chair of the Top Ops Subcommittee for which she served from 2016-2020. She is also involved in the Southwest American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) and has helped promote and organize the Top Ops competition, a quiz bowl competition for workers in the drinking water industry.
Dearing received the Laboratory Professional award for the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association in 2007 and 2018. She holds a Class IV Water Treatment Operator and a Class IV Water Distribution Operator license through the Arkansas Department of Health.