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June 11, 2016

Chandler's utility and public works operations achieve reaccreditation

Reaccreditation GroupChandler’s Municipal Utilities and Transportation & Development departments have been reaccredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

“This accreditation is extremely difficult to achieve and recognizes the outstanding efforts of our dedicated employees,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “It demonstrates our commitment to being the best at what we do and doing it with the ultimate customer in mind -- the citizens of Chandler.”

The APWA is the largest (28,500 members) and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and 63 chapters located throughout North America.           

An APWA audit team visited Chandler June 7-9 and compared the City’s practices against recommended practices identified by nationally recognized experts in the field of public works. Department employees spent the past 12 months performing internal assessments of their management and operational policies, practices and procedures in preparation for the audit. 

To achieve reaccreditation, Chandler had to show full or substantial compliance with 465 best management practices covering 31 different categories. Categories ranged from wastewater treatment and engineering design to street sweeping and pavement repair.

Chandler joins 112 other accredited agencies across the U.S. and Canada and was the first city in Arizona to receive APWA accreditation in 2004. Chandler joins Tucson, Peoria, Coconino County and Mohave County as the only other Arizona entities accredited by APWA. Organizations must reapply for accreditation every four years.

Chandler’s Municipal Utilities Director is John Knudson. The City’s Transportation & Development Director is R. J. Zeder.