New Board Member Appointed
Ken Nerland of the Central California Chapter has been appointed to APWA's Board of Directors as the Director-at-Large, Facilities & Fleet Services. His appointment fills the unexpired term of Larry Frevert, who was elected as APWA President-Elect during the annual Congress and Exposition in September.
Nerland has served as the General Services Director for the City of Fresno, California for five years and as its Fleet Manager for the prior 15 years. His accomplishments include several significant clean air energy-efficient fleet and facilities projects which were made possible through his leadership in aggressively pursuing grant funding. His oversight includes city-wide responsibility for the Fleet Management, Facilities Management, Purchasing, and Central Printing Divisions. He supervises a staff of 142 personnel who perform the functions outlined above, with an annual budget of $44 million.
Nerland earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1970 from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He was the Central California Chapter's President in 1998 and has served the chapter as its Delegate for the past nine years. At the national level he has been a member of the Fleet Services Committee (1998-2001), Facilities, Grounds & Fleet Operations Committee (1996-98), and the former Institute of Equipment Services (1993-96). He served as the Founding Chair of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition (1994-97). Nerland is a Mayor/Council-appointed trustee on the boards of the City of Fresno Police/Fire and Employees Retirement Systems and also served on the City's No Neighborhood Left Behind Committee (2005) and Labor Management Task Force (2005).