It takes determination, originality, and professionalism to be a true leader. It also takes patience and humility. The American Public Works Association (APWA) acknowledges these qualities with its annual Top Ten Public Works Leaders program. This year's leaders measure up.
From working in 55 different countries to leading one town through 35 years of changes, these public works leaders display all of the qualities one looks for. Perhaps the most common trait among this year's 10 is that they serve the agenda of the common citizen, not elected or appointed officials. The following pages will introduce these leaders, their challenges, solutions, projects, and thoughts on the public works profession.