BEAVERTON, Ore. – Beaverton’s Public Works Department has been selected for full Accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The city is the 153rd Public Works agency in the nation, and just the fourth in Oregon, to receive this accomplishment.
“I’m proud of this department and its committed employees who plan, build, operate and maintain our community,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “This accreditation is a testament to their dedication to service, continuous improvement and excellence. It’s an honor we share with everyone in Beaverton.”
The accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the city is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual. The accreditation process included two years of preparation during which city processes were formally verified and recognized.
The city’s Public Works Department was formally recognized with Accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) at the April 9 City Council meeting.
“Our staff rose to the challenge of the rigorous accreditation process,” said Public Works Director David Donaldson. “They worked together as a team to develop, document and implement practices that have strengthened our department and how we serve the community.”
The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs and employees. Accreditation is designed to assist the agency in continuous improvement of operations and management, and in providing a valid and objective evaluation of agency programs as a service to the public and the profession.
Initial accreditation is for a four-year period, during which semi-annual updates will be required. After that time, there is a re-accreditation process that builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.
In addition to Beaverton, the accredited agencies in Oregon include Bend, Eugene and West Linn.
APWA is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 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, MO, has an office in Washington, DC, and 63 chapters in North America. Learn more at www.apwa.net.