Deputy Director of Public Works
Town of Natick, Mass.
Employees: 10
Population served: 32,800
Budget: $6.8 million ($851,000 equipment maintenance)

Public works is only as good as the department’s weakest employee, so make sure everyone excels.

That requires viewing all employees as teammates, says Tom Collins, who began his career more than 39 years ago as a fleet mechanic.

“In today’s workplace, no single person can do everything alone,” he says. “From laborer to director, everyone works together. You also need to work toward a team atmosphere with the agencies that work with you.”

This concept is easy to sell to millennials because they see how positively a team environment impacts their career growth.

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