DENVER — Jim Chaffee, a senior consultant with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., took over as president of the American Water Works Association Wednesday night, promising to serve “with the same dedication and passion that water people demonstrate every day in providing a better world through better water,” according to a press release.

The Gavel Passing Ceremony in the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center was among the concluding events at AWWA’s 132nd Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE13), which brought more than 10,500 water professionals to Denver.

Attendees at the ceremony also learned who had won several competitions during ACE13, noted the release.

Chaffee, who lives in a rural area of central Wisconsin with his wife, Jan, has been an active member of AWWA for 30 years. He is a registered professional engineer in several states, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin system.

“My promise to you is that I will humbly serve, give all I have to give, leave this a better place and make you proud to be a member of the greatest water organization in the world,” Chaffee said.

Read the entire press release here.