On July 11, two new employees joined the Town of Sahuarita staff: Thomas Kibler, wastewater plant operator in the Public Works Department, and Andrea Sexson, crime scene specialist in the Police Department.
Thomas Kibler is certified by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in two areas: Wastewater Treatment Grade 2, and Wastewater Collection Grade 3. He spent the last four years working at the City of Wilcox’s wastewater department. He spent his first weeks working for the Town of Sahuarita in the Wastewater Treatment Plant lab, testing the plant’s effluent through various stages in the wastewater treatment process.
“We use reagents to test the pH levels in the treated wastewater,” Kibler explains. The lab continuously tests using a variety of equipment including a Digital Reactor Block, spectrophotometer, lab oven , and muffle furnace. Kibler says the wastewater treatment plant in Wilcox had a different operational system than Sahuarita, but the lab work is essentially the same.
In his free time, Kibler likes to “hunt, fish, and camp. I used to hunt in the Winchester Mountains near Wilcox. I need to find some new places near here.”
Andrea Sexson worked in crime scene investigation in the Tucson Police Department for six years before coming to the Town of Sahuarita. “I’ve always been fascinated by forensics,” she explains. She joined the Forensics Club at the University of Arizona where she studied psychology and criminal justice. “I volunteered at the Tucson Police Department in public finger printing, and I went to forensics conferences and seminars.” Eventually, she took the test to qualify as a crime scene investigator, and the City of Tucson hired her.
She applied for the position in Sahuarita, “because I’d heard a lot of great things about the Department.” Sexson explains that she previously worked with Jen Sanchez in Tucson; Sanchez is Sahuarita’s other Crime Scene Specialist.
“I really enjoy collecting evidence, and photographing crime scenes,” Sexson continues. In her first weeks on the job, she’s being trained in housing evidence, bar-coding evidence, and putting evidence into the database system.
Sexson likes to spend time with family and friends outside of her work hours. But even in her free time, she feeds her forensics fascination: “I like reading True Crime books.”