Call for nominations to APWA Board issued

APWA's national and regional nominating committees are currently issuing a call for nominations. The regional committees are a result of the membership's effort to facilitate better regional representation.

The national nominating committee is currently accepting suggestions for candidates to two positions: president-elect and two at-large seats in the functional areas of public works management/leadership and environmental management. The president-elect serves a three-year term as president-elect, president, and past president. The at-large directors will serve on the APWA Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning at the start of Congress in September 2001.

The at-large seats are currently held by Lawrence Lux in the public works management/leadership seat and Christine Andersen in the environmental management seat. Both Lux and Andersen are completing their first terms and are eligible for nomination to second terms in these at-large director seats.

Suggestions for nomination must be in the committee's hands no later than the close of business April 1, 2001. The nominating committee will then meet in late April or early May to make its decision for all positions based on suggestions received and issues such as diversity and leadership. Candidate suggestions may be received by the nominating committee from any APWA member.

The Board of Directors has issued a policy that the nominations process utilized by the national nominating committee for the president-elect and at-large positions will be a "selection" process by the committee, not a "campaign" for office. The board strongly discourages "campaign" activity and expenditure of funds in support of a candidacy.

There are also three regional director seats open for nomination this year. Regional nominating committees will nominate regional directors in Regions II, IV and VI. Seats are currently held by Michael S. Kolceski, Syracuse, NY; Ben Wolfe, Jr., Meridian, MS; and John G. Flora, Fridley, MN, respectively. Wolfe is eligible for a second term of office as regional director; Kolceski and Flora have served their two terms as regional directors and can no longer serve in that capacity. The regional directors serve on the APWA Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning at the start of Congress in September 2001.

APWA members wishing to put names before their respective regional nominating committee should send a letter of recommendation for each suggested candidate to the Region II, IV, or VI nominating committees in care of the national office of APWA. All suggestions will be forwarded to the respective regional nominating committees.

Candidates may be referred to the regional nominating committees by a suggestion from a chapter executive committee or board, by suggestions from individual members of APWA, by self-nominations, and by specific invitation from the regional nominating committee.

How to suggest names for national and regional offices:

1. Make certain the person suggested is willing to serve. The committee will give highest priority to those who have expressed a willingness to serve in the office for which they are being suggested.

2. Next, send a letter of recommendation addressed to the Region II, IV or VI nominating committees or the national nominating committee (whichever is appropriate), Attention: Kaye Sullivan, Deputy Executive Director, American Public Works Association, 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 500, Kansas City, Missouri 64108-2625.

3. Include within the letter a statement affirming the member's willingness to serve, the office designation for which he or she is being suggested, and biographical information to indicate the person's appropriateness for the office.

Individuals may make unlimited recommendations, but each must be in a separate letter. All recommendations must reach APWA headquarters no later than April 1, 2001.

Profile of an ideal candidate

Required for all offices:

  • APWA member in good standing (all dues and services fees paid).
Desired for all offices:
  • Knowledgeable and articulate on matters associated with public works and willing to serve as a spokesperson for APWA
  • Highly respected in community, solid professional ethical character
  • Active in chapter, committee, House of Delegates activities
  • Committed to APWA and its values, and growth of the association
Desired for president-elect:
  • Active service in the last ten years in a leadership or officership role in either an APWA Chapter or an APWA entity at the national level
  • Active APWA national service; experience on the APWA Board of Directors is highly desirable
  • Continuous membership in APWA for the last five years in a voting eligible classification
  • Employed in the field of public works for five years within the last ten years, in a middle or higher management capacity
  • High ethical and moral standards
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Personal commitment to public works
  • Broad understanding of public works elements, issues and disciplines
  • Exhibits qualities of national stature
  • Reputation of professionalism