By: Amber Adams, Central California APWA Director

At the November 7, 2017 APWA Central California Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, QK’s very own Tom McCurdy, PWLF was honored with an APWA Lifetime Achievement Award for assisting cities in development of municipal engineering projects for over 40 years. Amber Adams presented Tom with the award on behalf of APWA.

Tom began his career in 1976, working as an engineering assistant and project manager before adding 20-years of service to the City of Lindsay, where he served as the Public Works Director for 15 years. Since 30 years in the industry wasn’t quite enough, he tacked on a dozen more continuing his service in the private sector in service to small communities.

Tom is a professional engineering and community leader who represents the APWA organization and membership at the highest level. His knowledge and intentional dedication to always doing “the right thing for our communities” are among the best attributes of those who have been previously honored as recipients of this APWA award. Tom is an unassuming, yet competent leader with the skill to truly connect with people. He refuses to start a project until he meets all team members and clients so that he really understands what they need. Tom frames his approach specifically to each person with personalized approaches.

Tom has extended that personal approach in his APWA Chapter Board and National committee service including as:

·         Chapter Director of the Central California Chapter of APWA

·         Past President and Vice President of the Central California Chapter of APWA

·         Past Chair, and Founding Member of APWA’s Small Cities/Rural Communities Forum

·         Member, and National Delegate, APWA Central California Chapter

AND most recently, in 2016, earning APWA’s National Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) designation. He received this senior designation in recognition of the highest level of commitment to the public works profession. Candidates must have at least 20 years of senior public works experience to be eligible for this designation and be evaluated by the National APWA committee. The APWA Donald C. Stone Program Council determines the criteria, acceptance, and approval to the program.

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).

Tom is currently utilizing his PWLF designation to mentor the Public Works Director (and current acting City Manager) Damon Qualls so that he can earn his APWA designation as a PWE. (Mr. Qualls was on hand to see his mentor be presented!)

As the Central Valley Chapter’s Delegate to APWA National, Tom makes sure we are well represented in the National scene.  QK is honored to have Tom on our team.  Thank you, Tom for all you have done for APWA, QK and your community.  You are a true professional.