Curt Spannraft

Name: Bill Hadley
Title: Public Works Director
Where: Town of Lexington, Mass.
Population: 31,000
What: 91 employees in 14 divisions maintain 284 miles of roads and bridges, 21 parks/playgrounds, 14 public buildings, 154 sewer and water mains, nine pumping stations; provide engineering; snow removal; refuse collection, disposal and recycling; and oversee a regional household hazardous products collection facility
Operating budget: $26 million
Capital budget: $14 million

The Town of Lexington’s public works facility is named after one of Bill Hadley’s ancestors, who was one of eight Minutemen killed on the Lexington Battle Green at the start of the American Revolution.

Built in 2009 for $27 million, the Samuel Hadley Public Services Building is a LEED Silver building. The award-winning facility incorporates the Minuteman Bicycle Trail into its design and was the subject of our February 2010 cover story, “Rebels with a cause.”

One of Hadley’s first projects as public works director was implementing pay as you throw (PAYT) pricing, which charges residents and businesses for solid waste collection and disposal based on volume of waste generated.

Hadley also hired a full-time solid waste coordinator to promote waste programs that include the regional Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility, cathode ray tube collections, school cleanups, and mercury disposal education.

He’s proud of his longevity with the department and the community’s support for his team. “We have a good group of employees who always step up, especially during emergencies like snowstorms and other weather events,” he says.