Warren Rice is the Light and Water Superintendent for the City of Watonga. In this capacity, Warren and his crew of nine men oversee and maintain the electric, water and sewer service for the City of Watonga. Warren has been an employee with the City for over 20 years.
As superintendent for the Light and Water Department, Warren is responsible for allocating duties to this staff on a daily basis and fulfilling work orders.
Some of the major projects that Warren has participated in include the electrical and plumbing for the splash pad, softball and baseball field lights, and score boards at the Huff-Lorang Park. Warren still assists his staff with some electrical projects as needed. He takes water samples every month to ensure water quality for the City of Watonga. In addition, he in the process of overseeing the water tower project.
Warren believes that it is important for the City to maintain these critical infrastructures and provide stellar service to the citizens of Watonga.
When asked about the favorite part of his job, Warren responded that he likes all parts of the job, but the thing he likes most is dealing with the electrical. “I like overseeing new construction because it is a benefit to the town.” He also commented that he enjoys teaching his crew a trade. “They all do a fine job. I’m pretty proud of everyone of them.”
In addition to his duties as a City employee, Warren enjoys working on his small family farming operation and enjoys the hobbies of hunting and fishing. His favorite activity is spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Warren has been married to Carol for 27 years. Carol is employed at Swann’s Pharmacy. Warren and Carol have a daughter Tara Bland of Taloga, a son Weston Rice of Watonga, and a 14 year old son, Van Rice still at home. They have three grandchildren: Kaitlyn Strack, Jessie Bland and Jasper Bland.
“I have lived in Watonga all my life and think Watonga is a great little town with a lot of good people.”