Cleveland Porter

First Place
 San Francisco Bay Section

Cleveland spent the majority of his life in Southern California. He played basketball for the USC Trojans for a three-year tenure until joining the Kansas City Royals baseball team in 1979-81. Cleveland currently has an acting credit to his name as playing a “Sleestak” in the children’s adventure television series “Land of the Lost”. Proceeding his athletic career, Cleveland furthered his career in the Grocery industry for Ralphs Grocery Company, Los Angeles, California and then in Jacksonville, Florida where he worked for Food Lion Grocery chain. In 2005, He accepted a position with the City of Antioch in the water and sewer department where he serves a population of 150, 000 plus diverse residents. He became a member of CWEA 2006 and joined the SFBS Local Collection Committee and has been involved in CWEA ever since.


The Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S) is used by water environment associations (i.e., those working with sewage and sewage treatment) to honour those who have made a particular contribution to the industry.

Pennsylvania started the High Hat Society in 1937 and used the words "Sludge Shovelers Society" in its initiation ceremony. Later, this became known as the Ted Moses Sludge Shovelers Society. The second Chapter of the Five S Society was formed in Arizona in October 1940, the idea being conceived by A.W. "Dusty" Miller and F. Carlyle Roberts, Jr. There are chapters in many of the United States and in Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

5S chapters do not accept applications, but select potential members. Each inductee receives a badge in the form of a gold tie bar in the shape of a round-nosed shovel.

5S recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. 

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