Call for nominations to APWA Board issued

APWA's National and Regional Nominating Committees are currently issuing a call for nominations for Board positions.

President-elect and at-large director seats
The National Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations of candidates to three positions: president-elect and two at-large seats in the functional areas of public works management/leadership and environmental management. The president-elect serves a three-year term as president-elect, president, and past president.

The APWA membership has recently voted on a change to the regional and at-large directors' terms of office. All new directors on the Board will be eligible for three two-year terms of office for a total of six years. All current directors completing their first term of three years will be eligible for a second term of three years for a total of six years. All terms for individuals on the ballot will begin at the start of Congress in September 2007.

Diane Linderman, P.E., from Richmond, VA, currently holds the at-large public works management/leadership seat. Linderman will complete her first term in September 2007 and is eligible for nomination to this director position for one additional term of three years.

George R. Crombie from Plymouth, MA, currently holds the at-large environmental management seat. Crombie will complete his first term in September 2007 and is eligible for nomination to this director position for one additional term of three years.

Suggestions for all nominations must be in the committee's hands no later than the close of business April 2, 2007. The National Nominating Committee will then meet in early May to make decisions on the ballot for the president-elect position and the two at-large positions, based on nominations received and issues such as diversity and leadership. Candidate nominations may be self-nominations or may be submitted by any APWA member or by a chapter.

The Board of Directors has issued a policy that the nominations process utilized by the National Nominating Committee for the president-elect and at-large positions will be a "selection" process by the committee, not a "campaign" for office. The Board strongly discourages "campaign" activity and expenditure of funds in support of a candidacy.

Regional director seats
There are also three regional director seats open for nomination this year. Regional Nominating Committees will nominate regional directors in Regions II, IV and VI. Seats are currently held by Howard B. LaFever, DEE, P.E., Cazenovia, NY; Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr., New Orleans, LA; and Dale L. Houdeshell, P.E., Chesterfield, MO, respectively. LaFever and Houdeshell are completing their second terms of office and are therefore not eligible for their regional director position. LaSalle is completing his first term of office and is eligible for the regional director position for a second term of three years. Regions II and VI regional director positions will serve for a term of two years and will be eligible for two additional terms of two years. All terms will begin at the start of Congress in September 2007.

APWA members wishing to put names before their respective Regional Nominating Committee should send a letter of recommendation for each suggested candidate to the Region II, IV or VI Nominating Committee in care of the national office of APWA by close of business April 2, 2007. All nominations will then be forwarded to the respective Regional Nominating Committees.

Candidate nominations may be self-nominations or may be submitted by any APWA member or by a chapter.

How to nominate an individual for national and regional offices
A package of information (electronic format is preferred) must be submitted on each nominee to contain the following:

  1. A letter of nomination addressed to the Region II, IV or VI Nominating Committee or to the National Nominating Committee (whichever is appropriate). The letter must affirm the nominee has expressed a willingness to serve in the office for which they are being nominated, the office designation for which he/she is being nominated, and a brief statement to indicate the person's appropriateness for the office.

  2. A current picture of the nominee and a letter from the nominee's employer stating acceptance of the time commitment involved with the position. Questions related to time commitment for Board positions should be directed to Kaye Sullivan who will put you in contact with a current Board member.

Individuals may make unlimited nominations, but each must be in a separate letter. All nominations must reach APWA headquarters no later than close of business April 2, 2007. Electronic submissions are preferred. All nominations and questions should be directed to:

Kaye Sullivan
APWA Deputy Executive Director
2345 Grand Blvd, Suite 700
Kansas City, MO 64108-2625
Phone: (816) 595-5233
FAX: (816) 595-5333
E-mail: ksullivan@apwa.net

Profile of an ideal candidate

Required for all offices:

  • APWA member in good standing (all dues and services fees paid).

Desired for all offices:

  • Knowledgeable and articulate on matters associated with public works and willing to serve as a spokesperson for APWA.
  • Highly respected in community, solid professional ethical character.
  • Active in chapter, committee, House of Delegates activities.
  • Committed to APWA and its values, and growth of the association.
  • Willing to devote the time necessary to the fulfillment of the duties.

Desired for president-elect:

  • Service in a leadership or officership role in an APWA chapter.
  • APWA national service; experience on the APWA Board of Directors is highly desirable.
  • Continuous membership in APWA for the last five years in a voting eligible classification.
  • Employed in the field of public works for five years within the last ten years, in a middle or higher management capacity.
  • High ethical and moral standards.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Personal commitment to public works.
  • Broad understanding of public works elements, issues and disciplines.
  • Exhibits qualities of national stature.
  • Reputation of professionalism.


Your vote in APWA DOES count

As an APWA member, you will have the opportunity to vote for members of the APWA Board of Directors between July 20 and August 17, 2007:

  • APWA President-elect;
  • Two at-large directors in the functional areas of public works management/leadership and environmental management; and
  • Regions II, IV, and VI regional directors (by APWA members in those respective regions).

The ballot will be available for online voting between July 20 and August 17 on the "Members Only" section of the APWA website. There will also be a voting icon on the home page of our website. If you do not have access to a computer at home or work, you should be able to access the APWA website online at your local public library. You may request a paper ballot from Kaye Sullivan at (800) 848-APWA if you cannot vote online. Additional reminders of the voting process will be sent through the infoNOW Communities; through an e-mail to every member for whom we have an e-mail address; and in future issues of the APWA Reporter.

If you have questions, please contact Kaye Sullivan, APWA Deputy Executive Director, at ksullivan@apwa.net or (800) 848-APWA (2792).