Candidates for the 2007-2008 APWA Board of Directors named

Six nominees are slated for election to the 2007-2008 APWA Board of Directors. Three candidates selected by the National Nominating Committee include Noel Thompson, Consultant, Thompson Resources, Louisville, Ky., for President-Elect; George Crombie, Secretary of Natural Resources, State of Vermont, Waterbury, Vt., for Director-at-Large, Environmental Management; and Diane Linderman, P.E., Director, Urban Infrastructure and Development, VHB, Inc., Richmond, Va., for Director-at-Large, Leadership and Management.

Three candidates nominated by regional nominating committees as directors include Edward A. Gottko, P.E., Town Administrator (retired), Town of Westfield, N.J., for Director, Region II; Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, Inc., New Orleans, La., for Director, Region IV; and Larry Stevens, P.E., Director, SUDAS Program, Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, for Director, Region VI.

This year's National Nominating Committee was comprised of the chair, Past President Tom Trice, Director of Public Works, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Past President Bob Freudenthal, Deputy General Manager, Hendersonville Utility District, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Larry Bombara, Superintendent of Public Works, Town of Uxbridge, Mass.; Sherri Zimmerman, Client Services Director, Buchart-Horn, York, Pa.; Mark McCain, Principal Consultant, Public Works Emergency Management Services, LLC, St. Helena Island, S.C.; Tommy Brown, Garage Superintendent, City of LaGrange, Ga.; Dawn Ritchie, Manager, Parks & Grounds, City of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Lowell Patterson, Director of Public Works (retired), City of Columbia, Mo.; Matt Singleton, Director of Public Works, City of Grapevine, Tex.; Ron Calkins, Director of Public Works, Ventura, Calif.; and Mio Johnson, Manager of Engineering Division, Municipal Light & Power, Anchorage, Alaska. The three regional nominating committees were comprised of members selected by the respective chapters in the region.

Noel Thompson

Noel Thompson has had a 32-year career in public service, 22 in public works with the City of Louisville Public Works Department and its successor agency, Metro Louisville Public Works, from which he retired in May 2003 as Executive Administrator. He is currently providing event planning, special project coordination and executive services on a consultancy basis. Prior to his tenure in public works, he was the Executive Assistant Director of the Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Parks and Recreation Board. Thompson has held all of the elective officer positions of the Kentucky Chapter and its Central Branch. He has also been active on the national scene, co-chairing the Congress Host Committee (2000-01), chairing the Congress Program Review Committee (2001-02), as a member of the International Affairs Committee (2002-04) and the Finance Committee (2005-06), and as the Chapter Delegate (2000-04).

George Crombie
Environmental Management

George Crombie is the Secretary of Natural Resources for the State of Vermont, overseeing more than 600 employees and an $80 million budget. His career has included public works directorships in the cities and towns of Durham, N.H.; Burlington, VT; Nashua, N.H.; and Plymouth, Mass. He also served as Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Crombie is a past chair of the Solid Waste Management Committee and current member of the Government Affairs Committee; in addition, he was instrumental in initiating the Blueprint for Education and Certification for public works professionals. He was named one of APWA's Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2002, Jennings Randolph Fellowship recipient, and was awarded the Charles Walter Nichols Award in 2001 for his work on environmental issues. He is completing his first term as Director-at-Large, Environmental Management.

Diane Linderman, P.E.
Leadership and Management

Diane Linderman, P.E., has been a member of the public works community since 1991 when she joined the staff in the City of Richmond, Va., as City Engineer. In 1999 she was appointed Director of Public Works for the City of Richmond. She is currently with VHB, Inc., where she provides expertise in the field of public works to both private and municipal clients. Since becoming a member of APWA in 1991, she has been active at the chapter and national levels, including participation on the Utility and Public Right-of-Way (UPROW) Committee for three years (Chair, 2000-2001) and as a current member of the Government Affairs Committee. In addition, she served as a director of the VA/DC/MD Chapter from 2002-04. In 2003 she was named one of APWA's Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. She is completing her first term as Director-at-Large, Leadership and Management.

Edward A. Gottko, P.E.
Director, Region II

Edward A. Gottko's career in public works began in 1970 as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Bayonne, N.J. In 1979 he was appointed the Town Engineer/Director of Public Works for the Town of Westfield, N.J., and in 1994 was appointed the Town Administrator at Westfield. In 2000 he retired from public service and now serves as the adjunct professor at several colleges in New York and New Jersey. Gottko has been a member of APWA since 1972 and has served on a number of committees, including the Education Advisory Committee (2004-05) and the Master's Degree Task Force (Chair, 2005-06). He is a Past President of the New Jersey Chapter and is also serving as the chair of the chapter's Education/Training Committee. In 2002 he received the Donald Stone Award for Excellence in Education. He is also currently serving on the APWA Blueprint Task Force for Certification and Education.

Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr.
Director, Region IV

Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, Inc. and has been associated with the Krebs consulting engineering group since 1965. He has 40 years of voluntary service as a P.O.S. Certified Law Enforcement Officer, is a Fire Division Captain, and the Department Chairman of Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society and is Past Chairman of the UNO Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board. A Lifetime Member of APWA, LaSalle has been active in the association since 1968 and has served in various capacities at the APWA Congress & Exposition on many occasions. He is a Past President of the New Orleans Chapter, and in the 1970s and 1980s he chaired every standing committee at the chapter level, including the Transportation, Bylaws, Finance, and Programs Committees. He has also been a member of APWA's Transportation Committee and Government Affairs Committee, and chaired the House of Delegates in 2002. He is completing his first term on the Board of Directors.

Larry Stevens, P.E.
Director, Region VI

Since 1976, Larry Stevens has served in numerous leadership roles, including Assistant City Engineer, City of Grinnell, Iowa (1976-81), City Engineer, City of Oskaloosa, Iowa (1981-93) and City Engineer/Public Works Director at Oskaloosa (1993-2003). He is currently the Director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program at the Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University. Stevens has served in all of the Iowa Chapter officer positions including eight years as the Chapter Delegate, and has also been a member of the National Nominating Committee (2005) and the Strategic Planning Task Force (2005). He is a past Chapter President of the Iowa Engineering Society and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Additional experience includes the Iowa Transportation Center Advisory Board, Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force for Transportation Technology, and Iowa Road Use Tax Fund Study Committee.

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 19, 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 19 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 the Internet, you may access the APWA website online at your local public library or other publicly accessible sites. If you are unable to vote online, you may request a paper ballot from Kaye Sullivan at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5233, and one will be mailed to you. 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 or (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5233.