Call for nominations to APWA Board issued

APWA's National and Regional Nominating Committees are currently issuing a call for
nominations for Board positions.

President-elect and at-large director seats
The National Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations of candidates to two positions: president-elect and one at-large seat in the functional area of engineering and technology. The president-elect serves a three-year term as president-elect, president, and past president. The at-large director will serve on the APWA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning at the start of Congress in September 2006.

John L. German, P.E., from San Antonio, Texas, currently holds the at-large engineering and technology seat. German will complete his second term in September 2006 and is not eligible for nomination to this director position for an additional term.

Suggestions for all nominations must be in the committee's hands no later than the close of business April 3, 2006. The National Nominating Committee will then meet in early May to make its decision for all positions based on nominations received and issues such as diversity and leadership. Candidate nominations may be received by the National 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.

Regional director seats
There are also three regional director seats open for nomination this year. Regional Nominating Committees will nominate regional directors in Regions V, VIII and IX. The regional directors serve on the APWA Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning at the start of Congress in September 2006.

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 V, VIII or IX Nominating Committee in care of the national office of APWA by close of business April 3, 2006. All nominations will then be forwarded to the respective Regional Nominating Committees.

Candidates may be referred to the Regional Nominating Committees by a nomination from a chapter executive committee, by nomination from individual members of APWA, by self-nomination and by specific invitation from the Regional Nominating Committee.

How to suggest names for national and regional offices:

  1. Make certain the person nominated 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 nominated.

  2. Next, send a letter of recommendation addressed to the Region V, VIII or IX Nominating Committee or the National Nominating Committee (whichever is appropriate); Attention: Kaye Sullivan, Deputy Executive Director, American Public Works Association, 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 700, 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 nominated, biographical information to indicate the person's appropriateness for the office, and a current picture of the nominee. For the president-elect position, the National Nominating Committee requests a letter from the nominee's employer stating acceptance of the time commitment involved with the position. Suggested nominees for other Board positions are encouraged to obtain a statement from their employer stating acceptance of the time commitment involved with the position. Questions related to time commitment for Board positions should be directed to a current Board member or Kaye Sullivan.

Individuals may make unlimited nominations, but each must be in a separate letter. All nominations must reach APWA headquarters no later than close of business April 3, 2006.

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.
  • Willing to devote the time necessary to the fulfillment of the duties.

Desired for president-elect:

  • Service in a leadership or officership role in an APWA chapter.
  • 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.

Your vote in APWA DOES count

As an APWA member, you will have the opportunity to vote for members of the APWA Board of Directors between July 22 and August 21, 2006:

  • President-elect;
  • One at-large director in the functional area of Engineering and Technology; and
  • Regions V, VIII, and IX regional directors (by APWA members in those respective regions).

The ballot will be available for online voting between July 22 and August 21 on the "Members Only" section of the APWA website. There will also be a voting icon on the home page of our website. If you do not have access to a computer at home or work, you should be able to access the APWA website online at your local public library. You may request a paper ballot from Kaye Sullivan at (800) 848-APWA if you cannot vote online. Additional reminders of the voting process will be sent through the infoNOW Communities; through an e-mail to every member for whom we have an e-mail address; and in future issues of the APWA Reporter.

If you have questions, please contact Kaye Sullivan, APWA Deputy Executive Director, at or (800) 848-APWA (2792).