It was an awards-windfall for Gerald “Jerry” Cosgrove, public works director, and the divisions he manages. The honors were revealed during a recent City Council meeting. However, Jerry was quick to spread the thanks around to other city departments for his group’s recognitions:
Stellar management practices earned Plano’s Fleet Services the 2018 Bronze DFW Clean Cities “Outstanding” recognition. Mayor Harry LaRosiliere shared the good news during the October 22 council meeting as Jerry and others accepted the honor.
“The City is being recognized for contributing to the region-wide reduction of more than 25 million gallons of gas used in 2016 – the largest savings on record,” said the mayor as Fleet staffers joined him at the podium.
The award was presented by the North Central Texas Council of Government’s (NCTCOG) Chris Claus, Bailey Mueller and Laurie Clark to Plano Fleet Service Manager Michael Ellis and Jerry. Fleet Services effectively worked with the regional Clean Cities Technologies team. “Clean Cities is a national program focusing on improving energy security and reducing petroleum dependency,” according to the NCTCOG spokesperson.
Michael was commended for doing a great job of using alternative fuels – not just electric, but hydrogen fuel cells that Toyota produces. Jerry said, “It’s our goal to make air quality a little bit better for our City and the greater DFW region.”
Listen to the entire presentation.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) has again bestowed their coveted endorsement to our Public Works department. Representing the APWA, Rowlett’s Public Works Director Shawn Poe presented the national certification to Plano. He also serves on the Association’s selection committee.
“Plano was the first city in the state to receive the American Public Works Association accreditation. This year’s honor is the City’s third re-accreditation and the fourth total,” said Poe. He also singled out the exceptional work done by Margie Stephens, accreditation manager, and the entire department. “It takes a lot of effort to achieve this commendation while still providing efficient services to residents.”
The APWA certification process takes about a year and a half to complete and involves being evaluated in 31 chapters (or categories) and 442 practices. Jerry applauded his staff’s excellent work and added, “Nine of the chapters we were evaluated on pertained to the City as a whole – city council, human resources, risk management, technology services, emergency management and others. Also Engineering Director Caleb Thornhill's department contributed greatly in the process. This was truly a citywide achievement.”
See the Public Works team accept the honor.