Since 1960, APWA has singled out ten individuals
each year who best represent the finest in the public works profession.
Following are this years choices.
Mark is a team player who will do whatever is necessary to ensure that this community is able to provide the highest quality of service to our customers.
Mark T. Calhoun, P.E.
Public Works Director
City of Henderson, Nevada
Trying to meet the numerous challenges facing the modern-day public works director is a daunting task. Mark T. Calhoun, public works director for the City of Henderson, Nevada, has not only met these challenges successfully, he has brought to bear the latest in engineering technologies and innovative approaches to implementation of expansive projects and programs. Indeed, his devotion to success, vision, and leadership is evident throughout the Citys Public Works Department.
In addition, since Calhoun became public works director in 1988, the
city has grown from 75 employees to more than 300 employees in six
specialized divisions; and the fleet has increased from 70 vehicles to
more than 700 vehicles, while maintenance staff has only increased from 4
to 8 employees.
Awards he has received include a Certificate of Appreciation and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the National Association of Industrial & Office Parks, 1999.
He provides an excellent role model for the young people in San Antonio, the City where he was born and educated.
Daniel Villarreal Cárdenas
Assistant Public Works Director
City of San Antonio, Texas
Assistant public works director Daniel Villarreal Cárdenas has given more than 22 years of dedication to the City of San Antonio and the public works profession. From redesigning the solid waste management system, to upgrading and maintaining the citys streets and sidewalks, to developing and implementing a comprehensive air quality program, his commitment to the community has been remarkable.
In addition, Cárdenas designed and implemented program enhancements to
the citys solid waste management system which have resulted in an annual
savings of $2.3 million for the city; and participated in the successful
negotiations of three 30-year waste disposal contracts with three area
landfill operators, which have also resulted in significant savings to the
Professional awards include Outstanding Young Men of the Year (1994) and a listing in Whos Who in the Southwest; and civic awards include a Letter of Appreciation from Town and Country Optimist Club, San Antonio, Texas.
We as a town are thrilled to have hired him. Bill got done in his first three years what would have been expected of a director to take ten.
William B. Edgerton
Director of Public Works
Town of Concord, Massachusetts
Throughout his career, William B. Edgerton has attempted to apply what he calls the keys to organizational excellencevision, customer service, creativity and innovation, teamwork, growth and learning, and energy. Judging by his accomplishments as the director of public works for the Town of Concord, Massachusetts, Edgerton has not only met his goal, he has surpassed it. In fact, his entire careeralmost 30 years in public service with the last 20 years in public workshas been dedicated to customer service and organizational excellence.
Additionally, Edgerton developed and carried out a 100-day plan when he
first assumed the leadership of CPW. Highlights included developing a CPW
Mission Statement, and reorganizing the administrative branch by
decentralizing support staff to the line divisions. As a result of his
focus on learning and growth, CPW employees participated in more than
1,800 hours of training, averaging 40 hours per employee.
Edgerton was the project manager for the following award-winning programs: Camel Award for Water Conservation, American Water Works, 1990; Quabbin Award for Conservation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, 1989; and Award of Merit for Restricted Road Salt Program, City Hall Digest, 1988.
He is a winner because of his character, his training, his experience and his professional standards.
John L. German
Director of Public Works
City of San Antonio, Texas
The phrases highest degree of integrity, highest ethical standards and outstanding performance with integrity appeared in a number of the nomination letters for John L. German, director of public works for the City of San Antonio, Texas. He is known as a leader that demonstrates vision, discipline, and passion and does so with a high degree of conscience. He is not only committed to serving the citizens, he is also dedicated to his role as the director and leader of the Public Works Department.
He also created an environmental services section in the Public Works
Department that now has 20-plus employees; and he initiated the creation
of a GIS Master Plan for all departments.
German was the recipient of the Public Service Award, Urban Management Assistants of South Texas, 1999; the FHWA-ITE Scholarship to World ITS Congress in Berlin, Germany, 1997; and the Distinguished Service Award, Texas Public Works Association, 1980.
Roger is dedicated and passionate about public service and providing the highest level of service for his customers.
Roger P. LeDuc
City of Aiken, South Carolina
The above quote provides a good idea of what Roger P. LeDuc is all about. The city manager for the City of Aiken, South Carolina, is someone who truly wants to serve others. Whether it be directing more than 300 employees within seven departments or his involvement with the Aiken Downtown Development Association to promote and develop the city, one thing is clear: LeDuc is the essence of personal commitment and professional excellence in everything he does for the City of Aiken.
He also developed a long-range master plan for the beautification and
landscaping of the parkway system in Aiken; and initiated a citywide seat
belt program, after which he worked with state and local officials to
establish a statewide program throughout South Carolina.
LeDuc was chosen for the Presidents Award as the top APWA leader in South Carolina in 1986 and 1989; and was recognized nationally in 1990 for establishing student chapters for APWA at Clemson and USC.
His obvious priority in all things is providing opportunities for his staff to develop as outstanding members of the public works profession.
Robert D. Lowry
Director of Public Works
City of Overland Park, Kansas
As director of public works for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, Robert Lowrys primary contributions to the Public Works Department have been and continue to be as a leader who seeks to continually improve the services that the department provides to the citizens and visitors of Overland Park. His dedication to quality service and the belief that no organization can afford to be content with its past successes inspires the members of the Public Works Department to go the extra step in improving their work processes and customer service.
Lowrys initiatives also include an analysis of street design to
identify the benefits of such items as drainable bases and concrete
streets; and, after a restructuring of the department, the development of
a strategic planning process to identify the role that the department
should play and the way it should operate in the future.
Lowry was the recipient of the Stanley A. Fisher Award in 1996, recognizing a 4.0 GPA as well as full-time employment during coursework toward the Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas; and the National Society of Professional Engineers Engineer of the Year for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, 1986.
His accomplishments in Joliet are an example to all public works professionals in their efforts to rebuild America.
John M. Mezera, P.E.
City of Joliet, Illinois
The experience early in the career of John M. Mezera, city manager for the City of Joliet, Illinois, provided him with the foresight necessary to move Joliet from an industrial city with high unemployment to a revitalized, growth-oriented community with a diversified economy and strong residential, commercial, and tourism base. His vision for rebuilding the city has been based on comprehensive plans implemented in manageable phases that could be supported, both financially and conceptually, by the residents of the city.
In addition, Mezera has overseen the approximately $4.5 million spent
on improvements to the Bicentennial Park, including watercraft service
facilities, decorative lighting, public performance stages, fountain,
expanded office space, additional shop space, and expanded support
facilities for festivals.
Among the numerous awards he has received are the United Way of Will County Public Service Chairmans Recognition Award, 1996-1999; the International City Management Association Service Award, 1996; and the Joliet Area Boy Scout Recognition Award, 1994.
More important, Lee Peck has a passion for his profession, a passion he has passed along to his two sons and to those who work with him and for him.
Leighton F. Peck, Jr.
Director of Public Works
Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts
Leighton F. Peck, Jr., director of public works for the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, has brought a level of professionalism, innovation, and dedication to his role in the public works community. Indeed, he has been described as a genuine public works professional, an individual truly dedicated to public service, and tireless in his efforts to deliver services and projects to the best of his capability.
His other achievements include the development and approval of a
20-year plan to provide an approved wastewater system at a cost of $41.8
million, and the development and implementation of an Asset Management
Pecks awards include an Appreciation Award from the Plymouth Downtown Harbor Corporation, 1994; and an Appreciation Award from Carver Youth Athletics.
He brings a very high level of professionalism to every aspect of his work, shares and encourages others freely and positively, and delivers it all with a great sense of humor as well as empathy.
William R. Shane, P.E.
Public Works Administrator/Town Engineer
Town of Yarmouth, Maine
The public works administrator/town engineer for the Town of Yarmouth, Maine, William R. Shane is a man whose ability to get the job done is well respected by those who deal with him on a daily basis. Known for the efficient management of his department, Shane brings to the Public Works Department the drive to establish and deliver the highest quality, effective, and cost-conscious public services and facilities.
Shane was also instrumental in causing the .83 MGD wastewater treatment
plant to be upgraded to 1.4 MGD. Previously, the plant annually discharged
over 5,000,000 gallons of untreated sewage into the Royal River; since the
upgrade, discharges have been minimized and nearly
Awards he has received include the State of Maine Office of E 911 Commendation for Enhanced 911 Addressing, 1997; and the Governors Award for Recycling & Waste Reduction for Management, 1996. He also served on the APWA Board of Directors from 1997-1999 as Region I Director.
From personnel management, to policy recommendations, to pure engineering, he has been at the forefront in every instance.
Harry W. Stone
Director of Public Works
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
Harry W. Stone, director of public works for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, is an individual who has used his technical expertise, his problem solving skills, and his enthusiasm and professionalism to work his way up from a junior engineering aid for the department in 1958 to his current position. His leadership, character, and commitment to the Department of Public Works are just a few of his outstanding attributes.
Additionally, Stone has led the charge to meet recycling goals in Los
Angeles County, achieving a 42 percent diversion rate thus far; has led
the effort to coordinate 1800 traffic signals throughout the County; and
his department developed a unique method of saving the 35-year-old
concrete seawall panels, thus saving the County more than $80
Stone won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Outstanding Achievement Award - Generation Earth: Secondary School Education Program, 1999; and the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of Californias Engineering Achievement Award, 1998.