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Clearwater Public Utilities Director Tracy Mercer Named to APWA 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leader List

5/13/2014 12:30:25 PM

Contact: Clearwater Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 13, 2014

CONTACT: Laura Bynum

Media Relations & Communications Manager

American Public Works Association

(202) 218-6736

lbynum@apwa.net

Clearwater Public Utilities Director Tracy Mercer Named to APWA 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leader List

Kansas City, MO. -- Clearwater's Public Utilities Director, Tracy Mercer, MBA, was recently named to the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. Each Top Ten Leader will be honored during the Awards Ceremony of the APWA 2014 International Public Works Congress & Exposition taking place in Toronto, ON. in Canada during August 17 to 20, 2014. Mercer will also be presented the award locally on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the City of Clearwater's Public Utilities Open House located at 1650 N. Arcturas Ave. in Clearwater, FL.

APWA annually recognizes ten of the most outstanding public works professionals from across the U.S. and Canada for their career-long dedication and service, professionalism, and expertise in public works infrastructure. As one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by the association, the Top Ten Public Works Leader award is given to honor the public works professional's career, in which he or she demonstrates excellence in public works, services, and infrastructure in the community through advancement of public works services and technology.

Mercer began working as the Public Utilities Director for the City of Clearwater seven years ago. Her 30-year career includes management of operations, maintenance, and capital improvement projects of several or all departments within a respective municipality or county. Her experience also includes senior/executive management, operations management, financial management, organizational and program development with public utilities (water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater, and solid waste), public services, cemeteries, fleet maintenance, utility billing, customer services, and other government entities.

As Clearwater's Public Utilities Director, Mercer has spearheaded a variety of projects and initiatives benefiting the community. One of these initiatives is the "Meeting of the Minds" (MoM). "MoM" is a dynamic group of local, municipal utility professionals in North Pinellas County, who meet monthly to share ideas on water utility-related technologies, regulations, training, policies and experiences. Recent initiatives include public and student education, and recruiting operators for succession and sustainability. The MoM concept has been submitted for several industry and governmental awards due to the collective, positive outcomes at the various member utilities that have resulted from group discussions and sharing.

Mercer has also developed and implemented the Safety Strategic Plan which enhanced employee awareness, improved employee training and reduced the incidence of workplace accidents. Additionally, she has participated in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Benchmarking project with the Florida Benchmarking Consortium for water and wastewater performance measures within the state. She has also designed and compiled Best Management Practices for the Public Utilities Department.

"Ms. Mercer's leadership of the Public Utilities Department has initiated several programs to educate the public on the department's role as well as on the individual's responsibilities, and to promote inter-local cooperation and understanding among neighboring cities. These open houses and competitions have also led to other ideas and efficiencies to be considered and shared," said Mayor of Clearwater, George N. Cretekos. "Mercer has been an outstanding director and representative of the City of Clearwater. Its residents are fortunate to have her guiding the department and leading its employees," he said.

For more information on APWA's Top Ten Public Works Leaders, visit APWA National Awards Program web page at apwa.net/awards. For APWA media queries, contact APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager Laura Bynum, M.A., at lbynum@apwa.net.

About APWA

The American Public Works Association (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, MO, has an office in Washington, D.C., and 63 chapters in North America.

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