APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 March

APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 March

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      March 2022


March 16, 2022
APWA March Program
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April 20, 2022
APWA April Luncheon
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April 19-21, 2022
PWI Module One (Sold Out)
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August 3-5, 2022
APWA Statewide Conference
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Next Generation of Leaders

With more and more jobs remaining unfilled, and fewer people returning to the workforce, I wonder, who will fill the positions within our cities left vacant from the recent pandemic work-related apathy as well as baby boomer retirement. As I inch closer to retirement, succession planning within the City of Tempe often occupies my thoughts. Who will be my replacement for not only the job I was hired to do for the City within Building Safety but the additional job I am also managing to juggle (Interim Deputy Director, Private Development Engineering Manager/Principal Engineer)?  Will they be able to fill those positions with experienced personnel? 

Clearly, the days of holding just a single position with a single list of duties do not exist in 2022. Imparting institutional knowledge while employees are working both in and out of offices and all at warp speed (due to staffing shortages) presents many challenges. There just aren’t enough hours in any day, month, or even six months to convey all the valuable lessons learned from years of public works experience to those being hired on.

With experienced public works professionals departing for better-paying jobs and benefits in the private sector it is imperative we find innovative ways to attract young people. Now more than ever we need to recruit, train and retain a young diverse group of talent interested in improving their communities. Training is paramount for the future of our municipalities. That is why I have chosen to promote the Arizona Chapter’s Public Works Institute for the professional development of your personnel. I have participated in several APWA offered learning opportunities and I know this is an excellent way to strengthen your workforce while preparing them for a future within public works. 

The Public Works Institute is one of several APWA approved public works institutes currently in existence, all with one purpose in mind. The purpose is to provide leadership and management training to practicing public works supervisors and managers, regardless of their position within the organization. 

The curriculum is taught by highly respected and experienced public works professionals, many of whom are Public Works Leadership Fellows.  The curriculum is taught in four three-day sessions over a period of two years.  Yes, the two-year commitment of time is huge and formidable.  But the reward is equal to the undertaking.

The curriculum is comprehensive and focuses on the skills needed to become a Public Works Leader. 

Supervisory Techniques and Skills
Basic Management Skills
Communication Skills
Leadership Skills
Community Service/Customer Orientation Skills
Impact of Law on Public Works
Fundamentals of Government
Public Finance
Resource Management Skills
Public Works Operations
Creating the Future

Benefits of completing the 90-hour course work include:

Enhancing personal and professional development
Facilitate growth of the public works profession
Complement the APWA Certified Public Works Professional - Supervision and the APWA Certified Public Works Professional – Management programs

These modules are very popular and sell out quickly. As a matter of fact, our 2022 Module One training being held in April is ALREADY SOLD OUT…. Please stay engaged with the chapter through the newsletter, chapter luncheons, committees, to enroll in the Fall classes. Detailed information on registration and fees is available at Arizona.apwa.net.

Now is the time to start thinking about your future; now is the time to plan how you will move yourself ahead of your peers as a public works professional.  Now is a great time to let your employees’ potential lead the way to advancement through focused training.  Let the Public Works Institute help you advance your career and/or your organization.  It’s the best way I know to develop our next generation of leaders.


Donna Sullivan-Hancock 

APWA March Virtual Program
March 16, 2022
Topic: How to deal with staff shortage?
Speakers: Daniel Worth, Kristin Tytler, Jesse Gutierrez, Bess Cadwell

PWI Module One - Sold Out

April 19-21, 2022

APWA Statewide Conference
August 3-5, 2022

New Members

Daniel Johnson Hilgart Wilson
Ken KruseTraining Offficer IIADOT
Adrianna Lash Forterra

New Member Spotlight
Be the next new APWA member to be featured!  This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to make new connections with potential clients and customers.

All it takes is to reach out to Suzanne Ledy at 480-644-3808 or Suzanne.ledy@mesaaz.gov

Name and Title: Joseph Blackman, Founder of Vitendo Training Solutions

With APWA Since: 2018

Describe your job responsibilities: I help organizations capture wisdom from soon-to-be retirees by putting best practices on video so organizations can pass that info along to new and curious operators. Getting the knowledge from the people who have it to the people who want it.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2018

Who's Who in Public Works
If you work in Public Works and are interested in being spotlighted in our “Who’s Who in Public Works” Section, please contact Trace Baker at tbaker@logansimpson.com

Professional Development
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Click, Listen & Learn Webinars & Talking Top Tech Webinars

March 2, 2022 - SC/RC Perspective on Solid Waste Management
March 22, 2022 – Accreditation Open Forum Series – Get Ready For Accreditation
March 31, 2022 – Effective Strategies for Solid Waste & Recycling Collection (CL&L) 
April 28, 2022 - Caring for Your Grounds with Smart Irrigation (CL&L)

Find these and other opportunities on the APWA CALENDAR.

St. Mary’s Check

APWA‘s Holiday Jingle Mingle Charity event collected $2,500 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. With every $1 donated, St. Mary’s can provide 7 meals. As a result, our donation helped create 17,500 meals for Arizona neighbors! The check was recently presented to St. Mary’s. Photo below (l-r) Nicole Moon, President-Elect Amanda McGennis, President Donna Sullivan-Hancock, John Drake, Corporate Giving Specialist, and Stew Waller.

Public Works Job Opportunities

This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to joe@vitendo.us or tbaker@logansimpson.com. In addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location. 

City of Avondale
Associate Engineer
Engineering Inspector
Equipment Operator – Solid Waste
Parks Specialist
Project Coordinator
Senior Management Analyst

City of Buckeye
Building Inspector II & III
Civil Engineer, Senior (Survey)
Industrial Controls Administrator
Instrumentation and Control Supervisor
Planner I
Planning Intern
Plans Examiner I & II
Project Engineer
Purchasing Agent
Sr. Civil Engineer (Water-wastewater)
Traffic Signal Technician II
Water Utilities Electrician, Senior
Water Resources Deputy Director
Water Resources Maintenance Mechanic
Water Resources Operators I & II

City of Chandler
Construction Permit Representative
Project Analyst
Sr. Streets Specialist (CDL)
Sr. Applications Support Engineer (IT Sr. Programmer/Analyst)
Street Specialist – CDL (Concrete)
Water Plant Operator I & II

Town of Florence
Economic Development Director
Permit Specialist
Procurement Officer
Senior Planner
Town Manager
Water Utility Operator I & II
Jobs – Town of Florence (florenceaz.gov)

Town of Gilbert
Inspector II – Backflow
Intelligent Transportation Systems Operations Supervisor
Plans Examiner II – Building/Fire
Solid Waste Operator I
Street Maintenance Worker I
Utility Worker I & II (Water Distribution)
Water Treatment Plant Operator I, II & III

City of Glendale
Budget & Finance Analyst
Budget & Performance Analyst
Civil Engineer, Sr - Water Svcs
Contract Analyst – Finance
Development Services Representative
GIS Analyst, Sr
Manager, Water Services SCADA System
Planning Project Manager, Sr.
Remote Facilities Technician – Water Services
SCADA System Administrator – Water Services Dept.
Supervisor, Water Facilities – Water Treatment
Systems Analyst
Traffic Engineering Technician - Streetlighting
Traffic Operations Electronic Technician
Traffic Signal Technician
Transportation Engineer
Transportation Planner
Transportation Planner, Sr.
Transportation Program Manager – Transit Planning
Water Services Plant Operator
Water Plant Operator, Sr.
Water Services System Technician - Distribution
Water Services System Technician Sr. – Wastewater Collection

City of Goodyear
Asset Reliability & Security Superintendent
Building Inspector I/II
Building Inspector III
Civil Engineer
Deputy Building Official
Deputy Public Works Director
Fire Plan Review & Inspection Specialist
Infrastructure Administrator
Infrastructure Engineer
Instrumentation & Controls Technician
Plans Examiner – Development Services
Procurement Specialist
Senior Project Manager
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer
Utilities Engineer
Water Resources & Sustainability Manager

City of Globe
Building Maintenance
Streets Maintenance
Job Opportunities | Globe, AZ (globeaz.gov)

Town of Marana
Assistant Building Official
CIP Engineering Division Manager
Deputy Town Clerk
Floodplain Manager

Maricopa County
Development Services Technician – Bilingual
Senior Procurement Officer

City of Mesa
City Clerk Assistant
Construction Inspector I
Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator
Equipment Mechanic I & II
Facilities Equipment Tech II – HVAC
Facilities Equipment Tech I/II – Plumbing
Facilities Equipment Tech II – Electrician
Gas Engineer
Gas System Operations Analyst
Landscape Architect
Planning Director
Principal Planner
Real Estate Services Specialist I/II
Senior GIS Technician
Solid Waste Business & Programs Administrator
Solid Waste Equipment Operator II
Streetlight Technician I
Traffic Studies Analyst
Utilities Systems Analyst II
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist III – Water Supply
Water Resources Operator  I & II
Water Resources Plant Supervisor – Maintenance

City of Peoria
Business Systems Analyst
CIP Project Manager I
Civil Engineer Site Development
Civil Engineer (Water/Wastewater)
Economic Development Analyst
Facilities Operations Technician
Lead SCADA Instrumentation Control Specialist
Plans Examiner II
Solid Waste Equipment Operator
Utility Plant Operator II (Beardsley)
Utility Plant Operator II (Butler Wastewater Plant)
Utility System Operator I – Water Production
Water Resources Policy Analyst

Town of Pinetop/Lakeside
Public Works Maintenance Worker – Parks Division
Town Clerk

City of Prescott
Utility Worker – Wastewater Collection

City of Scottsdale
Business Systems Analyst
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Engineer
Maintenance Worker at WestWorld of Scottsdale
Planner Associate
Plans Examiner
Solid Waste Equipment Operator I, II, III
Traffic Engineer Senior
W/WW Utility Electrician II
Water Maintenance Technician II – Wells & Boosters
Water Treatment Plant Operator II
Water Service Worker II – Water Distribution

City of Surprise
Department Financial Analyst – Sr
Fleet Technician III
Planner I & II
Traffic Control Coordinator
Wastewater Operator

City of Tempe
Building Equipment Technician I & II
Building Inspector I/II
Development Services Specialist I/II
Municipal Utilities Program Coordinator – Water Utilities
Facility Maintenance Supervisor
Plan Check Engineer I/II
Plant Operator + (SBP)
Plant Supervisor
Procurement Specialist
Property Supervisor
Senior Civil Engineer
Sign Technician
Solid Waste Equipment Operator I/II
Street Maintenance Equipment Operator I/II
Transportation Lead – Signing & Striping
Transportation Worker I/II

City of Tucson
City Court Clerk
Civil Engineer – (New Area Dev. Division of Tucson Water) 
Director of Transportation
Director of Water
Economic Development Specialist 
Environmental Services Equipment Operator 
Senior Fleet Services Technician
Tucson Water Survey Crew Chief
Water Communications Operator
Water System Operator

City of Yuma
Senior Equipment Mechanic
Wastewater Systems Technician Apprentice
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III
Water Systems Quality Control Technician (part-time)
Water Treatment Operations Supervisor
Water Treatment Plant Manager

Adopt a Street Cleanup Held on January 15, 2022.
APWA Arizona has adopted Olney Avenue between 19th and 7th Avenues as part of the City of Phoenix’s Adopt a Street program. Chapter members volunteer to pick up trash and debris in the right of way along the street on a quarterly basis. It’s a great opportunity to get outside, meet new people and serve our community. The next Adopt a Street cleanup date will be announced soon.

National Public Works Week is May 15 – 21, 2022

2022 NPWW Posters are NOW AVAILABLE in the APWA Store

APWA is proud to announce the theme "Ready & Resilient" for the 2022 National Public Works Week poster. Within every public works professional lies a superhero, which is dramatically represented in this year's poster. Get your poster today and unleash the power of National Public Works Week!

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