The Chesapeake Department of Public Works emphasizes on-the-job education, safety training, and cultivating a welcoming work environment. From left: Ali Asgharpour, operations manager; Eric Martin, city engineer; Richard Broad, stormwater administrator; Ted Garty, streets administrator; Anne-Marie Amiel, internal services administrator; Ted Garty, streets administrator; Andy Winz, GIS manager; Angela Hilton, administrative assistant III; Jill Mergen, expressway toll operation manager; and Tammy Barry, public information specialist. Photo: Tammy Barry

“The events allow professionals in the public works field to network and share information pertaining to their jobs,” says Dave King, assistant director of public works for nearby Fredericksburg, Va. “Communities whose public works professionals are engaged in such programs benefit by having staff who are up to date on technology and systems and networked to other public works agencies.”

What's more, an employee's training doesn't stop once they're settled in. Staff is encouraged to pursue professional certification and college degrees—the city's tuition reimbursement program pays for courses before, rather than after, completion. Plus, ever-changing government regulations and advancements in equipment and techniques demand that Chesapeake staffers stay on top of things.

“We've seen tremendous growth and a surge of new technology,” says Ivory “The training is constant, and the better trained you are, the better off the city is.”

Chesapeake, Va., Department of Public Works
  • Services: Solid waste collection; bridge, street, and highway maintenance; stormwater management; traffic control and engineering; ditch and drainage maintenance; engineering; construction permitting
  • Employees: 500
  • Population: 199,184
  • Area served: 351 square miles

Did you know . . . The FBI consistently ranks Chesapeake in the top five of its annual Safest Cities list.

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