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April 8, 2014 > Public Works director named to top ten

Public Works director named to top ten

Submitted By Guy Ashley

Daniel Woldesenbet, Ph.D., Director of the Alameda County Public Works Agency, has been named Ò2014 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the YearÓ by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The annual ÒTop Ten Public Works LeaderÓ award has become internationally recognized in the profession and carries with it a level of prestige as the highest individual award given by APWA. This distinguished award recognizes Dr. Woldesenbet for his exemplary contributions to Public Works, his outstanding contributions to the fields of public administration/management and engineering, and his creativity, acute insights, and strategic thinking. ÊThis award also reflects his unwavering commitment to employee empowerment and excellence. Dr. Woldesenbet is now counted among an elite group of public works professionals recognized for excellence and considered the Òbest and brightestÓ leaders in the profession.

Susan S. Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator, said, ÒI am thrilled Ð but not surprised Ð to hear that Daniel has been selected for this outstanding international recognition. DanielÕs creativity, seasoned excellence and leadership on many countywide initiatives benefit Alameda County and its residents each and every day.ÕÕ

Dr. Woldesenbet has also successfully implemented numerous innovative programs that benefit employees, Alameda County departments and cities, and the general public. The most recent innovation was the launch of Alameda CountyÕs versatile and user-friendly Smart Phone (Android, Apple) application ÒMOBILE CITIZEN.Ó This application allows residents to report issues such as potholes, graffiti, illegal dumping, and other requests for services by simply taking a photo and submitting it directly to the Public Works Agency who can then locate and rectify the issue quickly and effectively.

ÒI would like to congratulate Daniel for being recognized as an APWA Top Ten Leader of the Year!Ê I just want to know, what took them so long? HeÕs a great guy!Ó said Board President Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

4/6/2014 1:52 PM

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