The 2004 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year

An integral part of APWA's celebration of National Public Works Week is the announcement of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. This recognition of top public works professionals is in its 45th year. Presentation of the individual awards will be made this month at luncheons or functions hosted by the recipients' respective APWA chapters.

The 2004 Top Ten Review Committee consists of committee chair Michael Kashiwagi, Director of Public Works, City of Elk Grove, CA; Gordon R. Garner, P.E., Executive Director (retired), Municipal Sewer District of Louisville and Jefferson County, KY; George R. Knecht, P.E., Engineering Manager (retired), Solid Waste Disposal Division, City of Jacksonville, FL; Mark T. Calhoun, Assistant City Manager, City of Henderson, NV; and Phil Pindzola, Director of Public Works, City of Johnson City, TN.

Winners of the 2004 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year Award are:

Mac Andrew, P.E.
Director of Infrastructure and Transportation
Johnson County, Kansas

Mac Andrew, P.E., is responsible for managing the daily operation of the Johnson County, Kansas Public Works Department and a transportation department with over 100 employees and a budget of over $40 million. Through a county-city cooperative program he manages the county's efforts to coordinate and prioritize the annual budget of $16 million for roads (the County Arterial Road System, or CARS) and another $10 million a year for stormwater projects through the Stormwater Management Program by working with all 21 cities in Johnson County.

Andrew has a long history of service to the Kansas City, Missouri area for the last three decades as Director of Infrastructure and Transportation, Director of Public Works, and Assistant City Engineer. His past accomplishments include coordination of Jackson County's County Urban Road System (CURS), Kansas City's Brush Creek Flood Control program, involvement with the $160 million Blue River Channel Improvements, and managing snow plowing and street maintenance/restoration activities for portions of Kansas City, Missouri.

Andrew has been a leader in APWA at the local level. He has served as committee chair and committee member for the Mid-Continent Congress for over 15 years, and has served in all the offices of the Kansas City Metro Chapter. In addition, he was on the organizational committee and served as the chair of the Kickoff Celebration at the 2002 APWA Congress in Kansas City.

Daniel J. Boss
Operations Director
City of Tualatin, Oregon

Daniel J. Boss has been in public works for over 29 years, and the last 21 as the Operations Director for the City of Tualatin, Oregon. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the city's water, sewer, storm, street, parks, and greenway systems, as well as city-wide fleet maintenance, building maintenance, and warehousing functions. He also serves as the city's Emergency Program Manager.

Boss led the city's effort to establish the City of Tualatin Road Utility, one of the first in the nation. This new utility provides the funds needed to maintain the city's streets in the most cost-effective manner. He has also been the lead in developing the city's Emergency Management Plan, and has stressed for more than two decades that public works is a first responder, no different than police or fire, when large emergencies occur. He is an instructor in emergency management and the Incident Command System. On three separate occasions he has served as Incident Commander, once for a severe windstorm and twice during flood situations.

During his 20 years of participating in APWA, Boss has been instrumental in establishing the Oregon Chapter Scholastic Foundation, served on the chapter's Board of Directors in all capacities, and chaired several committees. In 2000, the Oregon Chapter recognized Boss for his contributions and presented him with the William Bowers Award, the chapter's highest award.

David Hanlon
Director of Public Works
Town of North Reading, Massachusetts

David Hanlon has had parallel careers in both municipal public works in addition to serving as a Master Chief in the Naval Reserve Construction Forces (Seabees), a military arm of the Navy that is responsible for public works activities all over the world. He has over 41 years of active and reserve service which has contributed to humanitarian, recovery and construction efforts in the U.S. and overseas.

As the Director of Public Works for the Town of North Reading, Hanlon has been instrumental in initiating a Comprehensive Municipal Water Supply and Distribution Capital Improvements Program; coordinating and implementing an interbasin municipal water supply agreement and connection between two communities; initiating and acquiring two $500,000 grants for wastewater projects and stormwater management; and implementing a $6 million ISTEA grant for the reconstruction of five miles of Route 62.

Hanlon's assignments with the Navy Seabees include Supervisory Coordinator for the maintenance of real property, Rota, Spain; Maintenance Engineer for base utilities, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Construction Engineer during "Operation Northern Viking," Reykjavik, Iceland; Project Engineer for construction of pontoon bridges and rapid runway repair, Island of Diego Garcia; Public Works Engineer, Island of Guam; and Project Supervisor, "Operation Sea Signal," Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which consisted of the building of sea huts and a combat hospital unit (CBHU) for Cuban refugees.

John M. Heinz
Director of Public Works
Village of Barrington, Illinois

As Director of Public Works for the Village of Barrington, John Heinz is responsible for a full-service Public Works Department including potable water production, distribution and treatment, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment plant, forestry, streets, stormwater management systems, contractual recycling, refuse, building and grounds maintenance, fleet services, municipal engineering, and planning/zoning.

Heinz has been instrumental in moving the community forward. During his tenure he has instituted an annual maintenance program to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the Village's infrastructure. He successfully coordinated the Garfield Center Downtown Redevelopment Project which required the coordination of numerous property owners. Heinz also has been instrumental in implementing and coordinating water and sewer projects including the construction of a new water tower, water reservoir and water filtration system as well as wastewater treatment plan upgrades. He has advanced new technologies such as the STAR Wide Area Fixed Network Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) program.

Heinz and his family donate to numerous charities including the American Cancer Society, Heart Association, Lung Association, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Evans Scholar Foundation. He has served on committees to raise money for the American Cancer Society during their Bike-a-thon and more recently their Relay for Life Campaign. He also recently completed raising $1,500 in donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in a "Lock-Up" event held by the local MDA office.

John M. Keifer
Director of Public Works
City of Norfolk, Virginia

John Keifer leads the Public Works Department for the east coast city of Norfolk, Virginia, which boasts the world's largest natural harbor and is home to the world's largest naval base. The staff of more than 400 employees is responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining city-owned infrastructure and facilities, refuse collection, surveying, stormwater management and flood reduction, traffic and transportation operations and engineering, streetlighting, and towing and recovery management.

Over the past 11 years Keifer has directed more than 200 projects totaling more than $500 million in capital improvements and $100 million in private development. The diverse projects include bridge replacement and restoration, a state-of-the-art Public Health Center, street resurfacing, building cruise ship terminals, dredging of waterways, jail renovations, recreation centers, fire station roof repairs, landfill closures, demolition of buildings, upgrade of the city's Civic Center Energy Plant, and the berthing of a battleship.

One of the most successful programs led by Keifer was the development of a comprehensive Leadership Development Program to train front-line supervisors and aspiring supervisors. This training consists of four levels of 10 sessions and begins with basic supervision skills and leadership philosophies. More than 200 employees have graduated from this program, which has resulted in better supervisors, higher productivity and improved employee satisfaction. As a result, Keifer has been requested by numerous organizations to discuss the management of the Public Works Department and the Leadership Development Program, including requests by the Weldon Learning Center of the University of Virginia.

John P. Kos, P.E.
District Engineer for District One
Illinois Department of Transportation
Schaumburg, Illinois

As District Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, John P. Kos, P.E., manages the day-to-day operation of District One, which includes the state highway system within the six-county Chicago Metropolitan Area. With a staff of over 1,450 employees, he is responsible for more than 10,000 lane miles of highway and over 1,700 bridges, with an annual highway construction program in excess of $750 million.

Kos has been involved in the reconstruction of every major expressway in the Chicago area, and has been a pioneer in developing techniques to appropriately deal with these extremely large urban reconstruction projects. These have included the $450 million reconstruction of I-90/94 Kennedy Expressway from downtown Chicago to O'Hare Airport; the reconstruction of a three-mile section of the Dan Ryan Expressway in downtown Chicago which included two miles of elevated structure, complex geometrics, and the heaviest traffic volumes in Chicago; the construction of a brand new urban expressway, the Elgin O'Hare; and the reconstruction of I-55 Stevenson Expressway and the I-80 Borman Expressway.

Kos is an active member of a number of professional organizations including the American Public Works Association; Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Committee, University of Illinois at Chicago; Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago; Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois/District One Liaison Committee; Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association/District One Liaison Committee; and the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers.

David A. Moody, P.E.
Engineering Director
City of Peoria, Arizona

As Engineering Director for the City of Peoria, Arizona, David Moody, P.E., oversees three Divisions: Traffic Engineering, Capital Improvement, and Development Plan Review. In addition, Inspection Services and Property Management are under his overall supervision. The Engineering Department currently has a staff of 35, and a fiscal year 2004 plan of $54.3 million.

Moody has been instrumental in developing a Capital Improvement Program that enabled Peoria to meet the demands of phenomenal growth while maintaining the quality of life that its citizens expect. He has served on county committees such as the Maricopa Association of Governments, and on state task forces such as the State Task Force on Recreational Corridor Channelization Districts. He has also been actively involved in the development of new ordinances and standards that have not only impacted Peoria, but other cities throughout the state. One example of this was his work that allowed Peoria to be the first city in Arizona to adopt the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Ordinance.

An active member of APWA since 1973, Moody served as Arizona's National Delegate from 1993 to 1996 and as Chapter President in 2000. In addition, he served as the Congress Operations Chair for the 1993 Congress in Phoenix. He has also been very active in the Arizona Statewide Annual Conference and continues to serve on various chapter committees.

Larry G. Morris, P.E.
Public Works Director
City of Aiken, South Carolina

As the Public Works Director for the City of Aiken, Larry G. Morris, P.E., is responsible for sixteen divisions which include the airport, industrial parks, streets, sanitation, engineering, solid waste, buildings and grounds, and water treatment and distribution. The Public Works and Engineering Department has 130 employees.

Morris developed a program called "We Help Out Aiken" (acronym "WHOA") that is aimed at using young people, high school age and early college age, to work in the public works field, training them how to do interviews and providing additional life training that would build job skills and teach them the meaning and value of public works. In addition, he developed a program to certify employees in operation of equipment used for job duties and to certify in other job areas. This program has resulted in a workforce that is more skilled and motivated to achieve proficiency in all aspects of public works. The City of Aiken was awarded the Municipal Cup by the Municipal Association of South Carolina for both programs.

Outside his city work, Morris has been involved in numerous teaching positions to help public works employees throughout South Carolina. In the community he has been a teacher and board member for over a decade with the American Red Cross. As an instructor he teaches others to certify individuals on CPR and various other Red Cross topics.

Ian Neville, P.Eng.
Commissioner of Public Works
The Regional Municipality of Niagara
Thorold, Ontario

Ian Neville, P.Eng., heads the department responsible for planning, engineering, operation and maintenance of infrastructure services including water supply and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste disposal and recycling, and facility management for the Regional Municipality of Niagara. The Public Works Department has a staff of 479 employees and Capital and Operating Budgets of approximately $253 million in 2004.

In response to dynamic changes and environmental issues confronting the water industry, Neville has positioned Niagara Region as a leader in the delivery of water and wastewater services. This was exemplified by the initiation of the comprehensive, state-of-the-art water and wastewater Master Servicing Plan Update (MSP) processes. The MSP, released in June 2003, is the most comprehensive assessment of Niagara's water and wastewater systems ever to be undertaken. The MSP assessed financial impacts and identified implementation strategies for the 2003-2012 period. The result has been the development of a valuable long-term capital works program, financial strategy, and business-model approach.

Under Neville's leadership, the Region of Niagara undertook to develop a program for the removal of mercury from municipal white goods waste. This project was commissioned by Environment Canada and carried out by the Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators and the Region of Niagara. The project consisted of a pilot mercury removal program that will be utilized in developing the mercury elimination program.

Thomas G. Wendorf, P.E.
Director of Public Works
City of San Antonio, Texas

Thomas G. Wendorf, P.E., is the Director of Public Works for the ninth largest city in the United States, the City of San Antonio, Texas. He manages the operation of a department with approximately 1,000 employees and an operating budget of $172 million, which includes a capital improvement budget of $77.6 million for fiscal year 2004.

During his tenure, Wendorf has implemented many citizen and professional educational development programs, promoted diversity hiring within the department, increased small business initiatives, and developed outreach programs to local, state, and national-level engineering organizations. Significant public works programs realized under his leadership include the development and implementation of the Right-of-Way Management Ordinance; the adoption of an intergovernmental agreement among Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority and the City of San Antonio established to collectively address regional flood control and stormwater management issues; and the issuance of a revenue-backed $45 million Stormwater Revenue Bond to fund regional flood mitigation projects.

Wendorf is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including the American Public Works Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; Texas Society of Professional Engineers; Bexar Chapter of Professional Engineers; Institute of Traffic Engineers; and Society of American Military Engineers. Community organizations to which he belongs include the Oyster Creek Rotary Club, San Antonio Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Coker United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.

Editor's Note: To see the Top Ten recipients from 1960 to 2004, go to APWA's National Awards Program web page at