The Pierce County Council adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “National Public Works Week” in Pierce County. Speaking on behalf of the Council, which unanimously supported Resolution 2014-62, Councilmember Doug Richardson applauded the employees of Pierce County Public Works and Utilities for their contributions.
“These public employees work extremely hard and many of them work in environments you and I would naturally try to avoid,” said Richardson, who represents the 6th Council District. “This county runs – and runs well, frankly – thanks to the strength, knowledge and determination of our public works department employees.”
Employees of Pierce County Public Works and Utilities oversee county roads, sewers, solid waste, surface water management, airports, and ferries, among other duties. Those critical systems help to protect the environment, improve public health and safety, contribute to economic vitality, and enhance the quality of life in Pierce County.
“We recognize the good work Pierce County Public Works and Utilities employees do every day but during National Public Works Week, we like to take a special moment to thank them for their excellent service and passion for making a difference in their community,” said Public Works and Utilities Director Brian Ziegler. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy agreed.
“Public Works and Utilities employees maintain the backbone of our community,” she said. “Their work behind the scenes helps you get where you need to go, and contributes to our excellent quality of life.”
More than 600 employees make up Pierce County’s Public Works and Utilities workforce. You can find more information on National Public Works Week by visiting the American Public Works Association’s website.
The following employees were nominated by their managers to accept the proclamation on PWU’s behalf: Rosie Strom, SWM; Lissa Smith, Airport and Ferry; Jan Verone, Support Services; Rob Lowe, Sewer Division; Brian Wade, Road Operations; Chris Brown, Communication and Accountability; Gabriel Hess, OCE; and Todd Christoph, Sustainable Resources (not pictured).
Doug Richardson, Pierce County Councilmember
Brian Ziegler, Public Works and Utilities director