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Covington Public Works receives re-accreditation

COVINGTON — The city of Covington’s Public Works Department has received of its second re-accreditation.

The American Public Works Association re-accreditation is a program that recognizes agencies that go beyond the requirements of management practices established nationally by the public works industry.

The city’s department received its original accreditation in May 2006 and was first awarded it’s re-accreditation in May 2010. The second re-accreditation was received last month.

Deputy City Manager and Public Works Director Billy Bouchillon said that the award indicates the staff’s continued efforts to improve and conduct in-depth self-assessment of the department’s policies, procedures and practices.

“The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the public works staff that provides services and programs that contribute to making Covington a great city,” Bouchillon said.

The city’s department is divided into three divisions – engineering, operations and maintenance and administration – that work together to assure all facets are supported.

The engineering division is staffed by nine people with support from consultants and oversees the Capital Investment Program (CIP), Storm Water Management Program, traffic operations as well as IT and GIS mapping.

The operations and maintenance staff focuses on keeping the entire infrastructure clean and operating correctly. This includes streets, signs, parks, potable water, wastewater, solid waste and fleet maintenance.

The administration division is responsible for supporting all of the other divisions in record keeping, correspondence and other needed tasks. They are also responsible for preparing and monitoring the budget, volunteer clean-up events, website updates for the department, producing emergency plans, leading the way in implementation of emergency plans during events and providing the background to FEMA to recover funds after an emergency.

For the city of Covington’s Public Works Re-Accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from Miami Beach, Fla.; Rowlett, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo., completed a thorough evaluation of operations during the site visit in May.

“It’s great to have the city of Covington Department of Public Works again meet the compliances and the new practices in their second re-accreditation assessment, and I commend their continued and renewed commitment to the detailed review of the agency’s policies and procedures to qualify,” APWA Director of Accreditation Ann Daniels said.

The American Public Works Association is a non-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, Mo., has an office in Washington, D.C., and 63 chapters in North America.

For more information about Covington’s Public Works Department, contact Public Works Director Billy Bouchillon at bouchillon@cityofcovington.org or Accreditation Manager Tim Smith at tjsmith@cityofcovington.org.