Fitzgerald, Macey & Olczak Accept Prestigious American Public Works Association Re-Accreditation Award

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, County Council Member Bob Macey and Public Works Director Joe Olczak today accepted the prestigious American Public Works Association Re-Accreditation Award from APWA President-Elect Elizabeth Treadway at a ceremony at the County Courthouse.

“APWA accreditation means that our residents and visitors are being served by one of the best public works agencies in the country,” said Fitzgerald. “I congratulate and thank the men and women of the Allegheny County Department of Public Works for being effective and efficient in their duties and for exceeding national standards in their industry.”

The APWA accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of management practices established nationally in the public works industry. On a daily basis, accredited agencies meet or exceed standards of performance in areas such as road and bridge repair and maintenance, engineering and construction services, building maintenance, parks and grounds maintenance, snow removal and ice control, utility coordination, and vehicle maintenance.

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works became the first public works agency in Pennsylvania to earn APWA accreditation on November 28, 2007. As part of the reaccreditation process, a team of public works professionals from Colorado, Virginia, and Missouri completed a thorough evaluation of the department’s operations during an April 2012 site visit, and it was officially granted APWA re-accreditation on May 7, 2012. Today, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works remains the only accredited organization of its kind in the commonwealth.

“The accreditation process is meant to recognize a commitment to continuous improvement and to benchmark an organization against the standards APWA has set on a national level for best practices,” said Treadway. “We judged Allegheny County Public Works on 160 elements, and 10 of those were so outstanding that they will be used as model practices for other public works agencies around the nation.”

The department maintains 810 lane-miles of road, more than 520 bridges, and more than 12,000 acres of parkland and related facilities. It is also responsible for maintaining and improving county-owned buildings and infrastructure, as well as ensuring the safety and reliability of the county’s vehicle fleet and heavy equipment.

“This accreditation is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the employees of Allegheny County Public Works,” said Macey, who serves as chairman of County Council’s Committee on Public Works. “We are doing more with less, and certainly, we are doing things right in public works.”

“This is a credit to our department as a whole,” said Olczak. “Without the dedication of all public works employees, we would not be here today.”

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CE Public Works Award 2 June 2012

From L to R, Public Works Deputy Director for Administration Phil LaMay, Public Works Director Joe Olczak, APWA President-Elect Elizabeth Treadway, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, County Council Member Bob Macey, and Public Works Accreditation Manager Cathy Trexler.

Video of the award presentation is available on World Wide Web Icon YouTube.

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works consists of five divisions: Administration & Operations; Engineering & Construction; Facilities Management; Fleet Management; and Road, Bridge & Park Maintenance. The department is committed to providing the residents and visitors of Allegheny County with world-class infrastructure, maintenance and engineering services in a timely and cost-effective manner. The department’s efforts enhance the quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and improve mobility for all residents and visitors of Allegheny County. 

For more information, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/publicworks.