KANSAS CITY, MO. – Green’s Director of Public Service, L. Paul Oberdorfer, was recently designated a national Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Oberdorfer received the APWA senior designation in recognition of the highest level of commitment to the public works profession. The APWA PWLFs have been designated to mentor other public works professionals in three of the APWA Leadership and Management professional development programs, including Public Works Executive (PWE), Public Works Manager (PWM), and the Public Works Supervisor (PWS).
“The APWA Public Works Leadership Fellows have pledged to assist those who aspire to become public works directors, executives, managers, and supervisors through a focused mentoring program. The PWLF is a senior executive service designation from APWA’s Donald C. Stone Center,” said APWA President Brian Usher, PWLF and Public Works Director of Largo, FL. “All of the Public Works Leadership Fellows have many years of experience in public works, and they have committed their time and talents to advise public works professionals who are enhancing their professional skills and careers.”
For acceptance into the program, candidates must have at least 20 years of relevant public works experience to be eligible for the PWLF designation. The APWA Donald C. Stone Program Council determines acceptance to the program. Each PWLF will provide at least 40 hours of mentoring each year to develop capstone projects, or plan for the execution of the personalized professional development plan, and record mentoring activities.
Throughout his 24-year career, Oberdorfer has focused on the public sector with a background in the Ohio Department of Transportation and the City of Green. In his current position as Green’s Director of Public Service, he leads a department of four divisions with 48 staff and an $81 million budget. He oversees a team focusing across four divisions, including highway, stormwater management, recreation and events and park maintenance. He is also responsible for the city fleet, IT resources, security and building & grounds maintenance. In addition he has developed a customer value proposition, established new strategic direction for the department, and led a turnaround to effective operations.
In previous positions, Oberdorfer worked for 19 years in the Ohio Department of Transportation, where he advanced from Drafting Technician to Project Inspector, Transportation Technician Specialist and Facility Manager for District Four in Akron Ohio. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Management at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and an Associates in Applied Science in Drafting Technology at the University of Akron in Akron.
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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.