Christine Walsh, recently retired Director of Operations from the City of Beloit and a recent APWA Top 10 Public Works Leader of the Year Award was awarded the 2016 APWA Presidential Leadership Award by President Brian Usher at the 2016 APWA PWX in Minneapolis, MN.
The Presidential Leadership Award is presented by the APWA President to members who have distinguished themselves and the public works profession with their leadership. For 2016, APWA President Brian Usher selected James F. Owens, Sales Manager, Falls Snow Plows, Little Falls, Minnesota, and Christine Walsh, Director of Operations (retired), City of Beloit, Wisconsin.
“Chris has been tireless in her pursuit of recognition by others regarding the role of public works in emergency management and disaster response,” said President Usher. “Beyond her six-year term on the Emergency Management Committee, two years chairing the committee, she also has traveled to Washington, D.C. on short notice numerous times to represent APWA and public works at meetings with federal departments, congressional staffs, and has testified before a congressional briefing group. She has authored numerous articles and white papers which APWA used to educate our federal partners on the involvement of public works in diverse emergency management issues including the impacts on public works from agricultural emergencies, such as the Avian Flu, and the impact of pandemic illness on the operations of public works.
“Chris is a member of the APWA Professional Development Committee serving for the past three years. In Wisconsin she was appointed to the Governor’s Recycling Market Development Board for six years, and chaired this group for three years. She has served on the Wisconsin Chapter’s Solid Waste Committee, and chaired this committee, as well as served on the chapter’s Emergency Management Committee. She has fostered an ongoing pilot program now in its seventh year with the University of Wisconsin, developing simple Hydrogen Generating Cells which power various city vehicles. In these and so many other ways Chris has distinguished herself, brought credit to our profession, and provided leadership at all levels of our organization.”