Former APWA President Judith M. Mueller, Public Works Director of Charlottesville, VA has been appointed to the National Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, and Public Health and Hospitals Senior Advisory Committee to President Bushâ€™s Homeland Security Advisory Council.
The 14-member committee is charged with providing President Bushâ€™s Homeland Security Advisory Council with advice on increasing Americaâ€™s security from the perspective of the nationâ€™s emergency management community.
The committee was sworn in on December 3 by former Governor Tom Ridge, President Bushâ€™s nominee to lead the newly approved Department of Homeland Security. The committee held its first meeting immediately following the swearing-in, and plans to meet six times in 2003.
â€œI am honored to be in a position to assist in developing and coordinating the implementation of a national strategy for homeland security,â€ Mueller said. â€œThe inclusion of local government officials in this important work is an indication of the significance of local emergency responders to our national plan.â€
â€œJudy brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of public works to the Advisory Committee,â€ said APWA President Marty Manning, Director of Public Works, Clark County, Nevada. â€œAPWA members are grateful to Homeland Security Advisor Ridge and the Department of Homeland Security for recognizing the importance of public works in emergency response.â€
Mueller has been the Public Works Director in Charlottesville since 1985. She served as APWA President from 2000 to 2001.