Awards

For more than 30 years, the APWA-MN Chapter has sponsored an annual Awards Program that recognizes excellence in public works. In addition, the chapter actively supports the APWA Awards Program with multiple submissions to the annual national awards program.

Learn more about awards and winners in the tabbed section below.

Chapter Awards

Director or Manager of the Year

Guy Johnson, City of New Hope
Guy Johnson, City of New Hope

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Guy Johnson, City of New Hope, with the 2012 Director of the Year Award at the APWA-MN Chapter 2012 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Supervisor of the Year

Charles Perkins, City of Golden Valley
Charles Perkins, City of Golden Valley

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Charles Perkins, City of Golden Valley, with the 2012 Supervisor of the Year Award at the 2012 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Superintendent of the Year

Ken Seurer, City of Lakeville
Ken Seurer, City of Lakeville

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Ken Seurer, City of Lakeville, with the 2012 Superintendent of the Year Award at the 2012 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Maintenance Professional of the Year

Joe Bailey, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Joe Bailey, Minnesota Department of Transportation

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Joe Bailey, Minnesota Department of Transportation, with the 2012 Maintenance Worker of the Year Award at the 2012 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Hugo G. Erickson Award

Dan Gage, MacQueen Equipment
Dan Gage, MacQueen Equipment

MacQueen Equipment

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Dan Gage, MacQueen Equipment, with the 2012 Hugo G. Erickson Award at the 2012 Fall Conference.

This award is presented to an individual who has provided years of superior service to the chapter, as well as assisted in furthering the chapter’s successful operation and goals.

Pictured left to right: Jeannine Clancy (APWA-MN President) and Dan Gage (MacQueen Equipment)

Project of the Year

City of Robbinsdale, Crystal Lake Flocculation Treatment System
City of Robbinsdale, Crystal Lake Flocculation Treatment System

The APWA-MN Chapter presented the City of Robbinsdale with the 2012 Project of the Year Award for its Crystal Lake Flocculation Treatment System at the 2012 Fall Conference.

Projects that receive the APWA-MN Project of the Year Award typically involve innovative project management, financing, and multi-agency participation and provide future value to the public works profession and perception by the public.  They also take social, economic, and sustainable design considerations into account.

Pictured, left to right: Jeannine Clancy (APWA-MN Chapter President), Richard McCoy (City of Robbinsdale), Pete Willenbring (WSB)

Environmental Stewardship Award

City of Maplewood
City of Maplewood

The APWA-MN Chapter presented the City of Maplewood with the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award at the APWA-MN Chapter 2012 Fall Conference.

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes those in the field of public works who are working hard to protect the environment. 

Criteria for the award include: 

  • A sustained effort that demonstrates a commitment by a group, individual or organization to environmental conservation or protection.
  • Benefits to the community and to the environment.
  • Consideration of Public Works values, including cost effectiveness and long-term operation and maintenance.

Pictured, left to right: Jeannine Clancy (APWA-MN Chapter President), Will Rossbach (City of Maplewood Mayor), Sherri Buss (TKDA), Michael Thompson (City of Maplewood)

National Awards

PACE (Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence) Award

APWA-MN Chapter

APWA-MN Chapter 2012 PACE Award recipients

Recognized for contributions made to positively impact their membership, profession, and community. This award recognizes chapters that demonstrate this accomplishment in a given year.

Pictured left to right:  Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President), Lee Gustafson (City of Minnetonka, APWA-MN Chapter Vice President), Angela Popenhagen (Stevens Engineering), Jeannine Clancy (City of Golden Valley, APWA-MN Chapter President), Amy Grothaus (Braun Intertec, Awards Committee Chair), John Rodeberg (SEH, APWA-MN Chapter Secretary), Larry Stevens (APWA Regional Director)

Exceptional Performance Award (Adversity)

City of Minneapolis

2012 Exceptional Performance Award (Adversity), City of Minneapolis

Recognized for exceptional performance in the face of adversity in service to the public.

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President), Randy Windsperger (City of Minneapolis), Rick Jorgensen (City of Minneapolis), Mike Kennedy (City of Minneapolis), Gary Long (City of Minneapolis), Steve Collin (City of Minneapolis), Larry Stevens (APWA Regional Director)

Exceptional Performance Award (Journalism)

City of Golden Valley

APWA 2012 Exceptional Performance in the Category of Journalism, City of Golden Valley

Recognized for exceptional performance in presenting the story of a public works issue or event that projects a positive image of individuals or agencies in the course of their performance in both broadcast and print mediums.

Pictured left to right: Jeannine Clancy (City of Golden Valley, APWA-MN Chapter President), Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President), Mitch Hoeft (City of Golden Valley)

Sustainability Practices Award

City of Woodbury

2012 Sustainability Practices Award, City of Woodbury

To recognize individuals, teams or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works. Sustainability is accomplished by the efficient delivery of infrastructure in an environmentally and socially responsible way that ensures the best choice in the long term.

Pictured, left to right: Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President), Klayton Eckles (City of Woodbury), David Jessup (City of Woodbury), Larry Stevens (APWA Regional Director)

Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education

Ann Johnson, University of Minnesota

2012 Donald C. Stone Award, Ann Johnson, University of Minnesota

Established in honor of Donald C. Stone, founder of APWA, to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement of  individuals assisting in the areas of continuing and graduate professional education for public works professionals. This award, established in 1988, is also intended to recognize APWA chapters for their work in delivering educational opportunities for all levels of persons engaged in the delivery of public works services.

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President), Ann Johnson (University of Minnesota)

Professional Manager of the Year Award (Solid Waste)

Carl Michaud, Hennepin County

2012 Professional Manager of the Year Award, Carl Michaud, Hennepin County

Seeks to inspire excellence and dedication by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of solid waste management professionals. The primary focus of this award is recognition of exceptional management, operation, and maintenance of public sector solid waste operations.

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President) and Carl Michaud (Hennepin County)

Young Leader Award

Chris Petree, City of Lakeville

2012 Young Professional Award, Chris Petree, City of Lakeville

To recognize and encourage young APWA members who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and the association and show potential for future growth within the association. The award promotes the concept that length of career does not necessarily indicate leadership abilities or potential for service.

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Treadway (APWA President) and Chris Petree (City of Lakeville)

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