APWA Announces 2017 Top 10 Public Works Leaders


APWA has announced its Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year for 2017.  The Top Ten Leaders award program recognizes the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals from both the public and private sectors in North America.

“The Top Ten Public Works Leader Award aims to inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials. Since its inception in 1960, the Top Ten Leaders award program has recognized 570 men and women who reflect the highest career standards of professional conduct for public works officials,” said APWA Executive Director, Scott Grayson. “The APWA Top Ten represent the best of the public works profession, and they are all to be highly commended on this honor,” said Grayson. 



The 2017 Top Ten award recipients include:
  • David Fabiano, P.E., PWLF – Town Engineer, Town of Gilbert, Arizona
  • Lee Gustafson, P.E. – Senior Project Manager, WSB & Associates, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Patricia Hilderbrand, P.E. – Division Manager, Coordination Services, Public Works Dept., Kansas City, Missouri
  • Richard Howard, CFM, P.E., PWLF – Public Works Director, City of Orlando, Florida
  • Paul May, P.Eng. – Chief Engineer, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, Markham, Ontario, CANADA
  • Robert Newman – Director of Public Works, City of Santa Clarita, California
  • Jeanne Nyquist – President, Nyquist & Associates, Inc., Tigard, Oregon
  • Darren Schulz, P.E. – Director of Public Works, City of Carson City, Nevada
  • Kevin Sheppard, P.E., PWLF – Public Works Director, City of Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF – Project Director, HR Green, Inc., Johnston, Iowa
More Information:
Press Release
APWA national awards program
Past Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year recipients
APWA Media contact: Laura Bynum, 800-848-2792, ext. 6736, or lbynum@apwa.net