Saco, ME - The citizens of Saco have yet another reason to be proud of their city. The American Public Works Association (APWA) has awarded Larry J. Nadeau, Director of Public Works, City of Saco the national distinction of "Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year."
Nadeau, who has served the City of Saco for thirteen years as director, was chosen from a broad national field of competitors to receive the prestigious award. Nadeau was nominated by city colleagues who submitted a comprehensive application and supporting documentation to the panel of judges appointed by the President of the APWA Board of Directors.
Mr. Nadeau was honored with a recognition dinner held May 23, 2001 at The Captain's Galley Restaurant at which he received the impressive award from John A. Foster, President of the Maine Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
According to Mayor William Johnson said, "Throughout his career of service to the City of Saco, Larry has selflessly dedicated himself. He has done this, not only in fulfillment of his own department's responsibilities, but also by helping countless other departments and officials; wholeheartedly tackling new initiatives such as Project Impact; and contributing to major accomplishments such as the Sawyer Brook mitigation project. We are extremely fortunate to have him as our Public Works Director and, in my mind, there is no individual more capable or more richly deserving of this award."
According to Lisa Parker, Finance Director, City of Saco, "Larry has been very aggressive and extremely successful in pursuing grants from varying state and federal agencies. In the last 13 years, he has been responsible for solidifying $4.3 million of funding for the City. Through his record of accomplishments, dedication to public service, and positive outlook, he is an inspiration to us all."
Mr. Nadeau said, "I am very honored to receive this award, and I sincerely thank the APWA for this recognition. But I would be remiss if I did not give credit to my dedicated staff whose vocabulary doesn't include the word "impossible", to the city leaders and colleagues who have assisted me, and to the citizens of Saco who also share in this award."
Through Mr. Nadeau's leadership, Saco's Public Works Department has been a very active member of the APWA. Mr. Nadeau currently serves as Chairman of the APWA's Water Resource Management Committee; has presented to the organization's Emergency Management Committee on
Project Impact issues; and has written numerous articles for APWA's national publication APWA Reporter. Mr. Nadeau also is featured in an article in the May issue of the magazine and will appear in other publications as well. He also will be honored at the APWA's International Public Works Congress and Exposition to be held September 9-12, 2001 in Philadelphia, PA. According to the APWA, the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year program seeks to "inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials, from both the public and private sectors."
The American Public Works Association (APWA) represents more than 26,000 professionals dedicated to providing public works infrastructure and services, including drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, in small and large, rural and urban communities. Chartered in 1938, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C. and chapters in all 50 states.
Mr. Nadeau has been recognized by many organizations for his outstanding contributions. These include Gold Seal of Merit, York County Emergency Management Agency; Certified Emergency Manager, Maine Emergency Managers Council of the State of Maine; Certificate of Appreciation, Sweetser ...