Charles Byrley, former APWA Washington Office director, dies

  Charles Byrley

Charles Byrley, 78, former head of APWA's Washington Office from 1978 until his retirement in 1995, died November 21 of cardiac arrest at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He was a resident of Falls Church, Virginia.

Byrley was a familiar face in Washington for more than three decades, having served as a regional director of the Council of State Governments, and concurrently served as executive secretary of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors, the National Association of State Purchasing Officials, and the National Association of State Budget Officers. In 1967 he joined the National Governors' Association as Executive Director where he served until 1975. In 1978, he joined APWA to head the Washington Office.

He helped guide the course of APWA policy on national legislative matters and was responsible for policy and resolution development within APWA. Upon his retirement Byrley ironically recalled: "One of my first projects after I came to APWA was to staff a committee and prepare a book, Revenue Shortfall: Challenge of the 1980s. We hadn't seen anything yet! We thought the belt-tightening then was a challenge. It has grown by dimensions since 1980. All agendas—APWA's, state governments', local governments'—are now driven by revenue shortfall."

Byrley earned bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and served in various state government posts, occupying positions such as Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Deputy Secretary of Administration and Finance for Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian, and his son, Charles Mark Byrley and wife, Blaire Byrley of Oakton, Virginia; grandsons, Cameron and Jason; and sister, Lola Prewitt of Corbin, Kentucky.

"Charlie Byrley was a man with a high degree of talent and integrity who had the respect of all who knew him," said Robert Bugher, former APWA Executive Director. "I had complete confidence in Charlie who contributed much to the success of APWA and helped to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with influential public officials in the nation's capitol and with the many allied organizations serving public works agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government. We were most fortunate that he accepted this position with APWA."