Public Works Director in Nation’s Top 10

<br />Raul Godinez II holds his national American Public Works Association (APWA) award, presented to him at the Oakland City Council meeting by Steven Yee, President of the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association, which nominated Godinez for the national honor. Simon and Raul III enjoy their dad’s recognition. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Oakland Public Works Director Raul Godinez II has been named as one of the National Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year for 2009 by the American Public Works Association (APWA).
Godinez received the national award last week at a banquet sponsored by the APWA Northern California Chapter.
“This award recognizes the great work being done by Mr. Godinez and his staff for the residents of Oakland,” said Mayor Rom Dellums. “Public Works staff are on the front lines everyday paving our streets, fixing our sewers and keeping our infrastructure intact; they play an important role in the health and vitality of our city.  APWA, an international educational and professional association, is the largest and oldest organization of its kind. One of the most prestigious awards presented by the APWA is its Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year designation.
“Raul Godinez exemplifies the best among public works leaders. His everyday behavior at work, in the community and with family provides quality examples for those who want to excel in their endeavors,” National APWA President Noel Thompson said,
The National Top Ten award was the second honor Godinez received this year. In April, the Northern California Chapter of the APWA recognized him as a Public Works Leader of the Year for the twelve Bay Area and northern coastal counties.
Some changes instituted by Public Works include a Customer Call Center, an enhanced Safety Training program, the implementation of   a work management system and a Technology Learning Center to adequately bridge staffs’ computer skills for the requirements of the new work management system.