Covington Public Works gets reaccredited

COVINGTON -- The city of Covington's Public Works Department has been awarded reaccreditation from the American Public Works Association.

Covington is the only city in Georgia that has an accredited public works department. The department was first accredited in 2006.

"I am so proud of this American Public Works Association's reaccreditation award," Public Works Director Billy Bouchillon said. "This award reflects the Public Works Department's dedication and continuing effort to execute our mission effectively and efficiently in service to the people of Covington. I'd also like to thank the mayor and the City Council for their help in achieving this award, as well as every city employee, who have all had input."

To achieve reaccreditation, the public works department was expected to meet 533 standards and was evaluated on 30 percent of those standards chosen at random. Standards covered every aspect of the department's operations, including maintenance and budget, department head meetings and safety.

In addition, the department was evaluated on several standards it was not fully compliant with during the first accreditation process, such as having an emergency action plan. This go-round, the department was fully compliant in all areas.

The city's largest department, public works has 102 employees who oversee the waste water treatment plant and land application system; water and sewer construction; engineering and storm water; automotive maintenance; and the street department. The department also has employees at the county water treatment plant.

"Covington's Public Works Department is to be highly commended for their excellent commitment to improving operations to enhance their internal performance and assuring their community they meet or exceed national standards," said Ann Daniels, director of Credentialing for the America Public Works Association.

Accreditation expires every four years. Covington is one of only three cities nationwide to have four departments -- police, fire, E-911 and public works -- nationally accredited.