APWA’s Mark Ray Recognized by Homeland Security Today

On December 11, Mark Ray, Public Works Director/City Engineer for the City of Crystal, MN and Chair of APWA’s Emergency Management Technical Committee, was awarded the “Innovative Campaign to Forward Mission Award” by Homeland Security Today. Specifically, Director Ray earned this recognition for his role in leading efforts to implement a mutual aid agreement across Hennepin County, MN that shares resources and brings together public works with emergency management partners to plan, train, and conduct exercises in preparation for a variety of emergency situations. Director Ray is passionate about the role of public works in homeland security mitigation, and believes action and preparation are key to strengthening communities.

Director Ray was honored during an annual holiday awards program at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. along with dozens of emergency preparedness peers from both the public and private sectors at the local, state and federal levels. This year’s fellow awardees include former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, a team from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), with whom APWA has been developing a strong working relationship, and Brady Snakovsky, a fourth grader from Strongsville, Ohio who has raised money for K9 officers to have protective vests like their human counterparts.

For additional information about the awards, and Homeland Security Today, please click here.