The mavens may have found someone who enjoys talking about septic systems more than Commissioner Tom Mielke: environmental public health program manager Aaron Henderson.

Henderson gave a presentation titled “On-Site Septic Operations & Maintenance Program Report” to the county commissioners Wednesday.

Before he got started, Henderson gave the commissioners a warning.

“This is a topic I get pretty excited about,” he said (with a straight face).

Commissioner Steve Stuart, who lives in the city and does not have a septic system, gave Henderson an empathetic look.

“That’s pretty sad,” he said.

That’s not the first time others haven’t shared Henderson’s love for poo systems.

At a party one time, an unsuspecting guest asked Henderson what he did for work. At the time, Henderson worked for the county as a septic system inspector.

He went on and on, excitedly telling the person all about his job.

After the conversation, Henderson’s wife pulled him aside.

“Just tell people you work for the health department,” she told him, and spare the details about floating solids and tank pumping.

“I have to curb my enthusiasm,” Henderson said.

We’re glad someone is excited about septic systems.

But c’mon Aaron, there are plenty of other things to get excited about. I mean, did you see that Seahawks win on Monday Night Football?

Marissa Harshman

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at or 360-735-4546.

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