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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Laura Bynum, APWA Media Relations, 202-218-6736
Ramiro Chavez, Public Works Director, 360-867-2271

Thurston County Public Works Department Receives APWA Re-Accreditation
Prestigious award honors excellence in management practices

KANSAS CITY, MO. - The Thurston County Public Works Department has been awarded a prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Re-Accreditation. The APWA Accreditation and Re-Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. The Thurston County Public Works Department received its original APWA Accreditation in September, 2011 and received Re-Accreditation on September 21, 2015. Thurston County Commissioners will accept the re-accreditation at 2 o'clock the afternoon of October 27 at the Thurston County Courthouse.

The Thurston County Public Works Re-Accreditati0n indicates the department has met all applicable accreditation documentation and practices over time. "The awarding of the APWA Re-Accreditation shows we have dedicated ourselves to concepts of improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices. The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the public works staff whose mission is to provide public works services and programs that contribute to making Thurston County a great community," said Public Works Director, Ramiro Chavez.

The Thurston County Public Works Department seeks to provide quality public services in all areas of the department's business. Key services include road maintenance, noxious weeds, lakes management, engineering services, traffic operations, utilities, solid waste, parks & trails and development review.

For the Thurston County Public Works Re-Accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from Columbia, MO, Chandler, AZ and Kansas City, MO, completed a thorough evaluation of operations during a September, 2015 site visit. "It's great to have the Thurston County Public Works Department reach full compliance with their practices again. I commend their continued and renewed commitment to the detailed review of the agency's policies and procedures to qualify for Re-Accreditation," said APWA Director of Accreditation Ann Daniels.

The Thurston County Public Works Department was the 72nd agency in North America to receive Accreditation and is one of seven agencies in Washington State to have done so, including Anacortes, Kitsap County, Tacoma, Bellevue, Pierce County and Clark Regional Wastewater District.

For more information about the Thurston County Public Works Department, contact Director Ramiro Chavez at chavezr@co.thurston.wa.us, or Roger Giebelhaus, Accreditation Manager at giebelr@co.Thurston.wa.us. For more information about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Director of Accreditation, Ann Daniels at adaniels@apwa.net. For APWA media queries, please contact Laura Bynum, APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager at lbynum@apwa.net.

About APWA
The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 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, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3