The American Public Works Association (APWA) has announced the selection of the 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Top Ten Public Works Leader award, which is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by APWA. The Top Ten Leaders award program inspires excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals from both the public and private sectors in North America.

From its inception in 1960, APWA’s selection of a Top Ten list of exceptional public works professionals has identified 550 men and women who reflect the highest standards of professional conduct for public works officials. The honorees have been recognized for discharging critical responsibilities in connection to the design, construction, maintenance and/or operation of major public works projects or activities in large and small municipalities.

The 2015 Top Ten Award recipients include:
Jeb Blackwell - City Engineer, City of Charlotte, NC.
Stan Brown - Director of Municipal Services, City of Oakwood, GA.
Tom Collins - Deputy Director of Public Works, Town of Natick, MA.
Darwin Durnie - Director of Business Development, Stantec Consulting in Alberta, ON., Canada.
Greg McCaffery - Director of Municipal Services, City of Junction City, KS.
Natalie Meeks - Public Works Director, City of Anaheim, CA.
Dennis Randolph - Director of Public Works, City of Grandview, MO.
Greg Reeder - Public Works Director, City of Council Bluffs, IA.
Paul Smeltzer - Director of Water and Wastewater, Niagara Region, ON., Canada.
John Trujillo – Public Works Director, City of Phoenix, AZ.

“APWA is proud to honor the 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders,” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. “During National Public Works Week, May 17 - 23, APWA announces the Top Ten Leaders, who are exceptional public works professionals that have been selected by a committee of peers for their career-long professionalism, expertise, service and personal contributions to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve. The APWA Top Ten represent the best of the public works profession. They are all to be highly commended, and are extremely worthy of this honor,” said King.

To see the Top Ten recipients since 1960, visit APWA Top Ten Awards.

About APWA
The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.