May 13, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Earl Newman Named to APWA 2009 Top Ten List

Earl E. Newman, P.E., PTOE, assistant director of public works/city traffic engineer for the City of Springfield, Mo., was named a 2009 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). He will be presented with the award during a special program at 5:30 p.m. on Mon., May 18, at the Busch Municipal Building (840 Boonville, Springfield, Mo.).

APWA annually recognizes 10 of the most outstanding public works professionals from across the U.S. and Canada for their professionalism, expertise and career-long dedication and service. Marking the 50th anniversary of the award, the distinction is among the most coveted and prestigious presented by the Association.

“Mr. Newman has demonstrated his leadership skills and commitment to public services, and to providing the highest level of public works services and programs,” said Marc J. Thornsberry, P.E., City of Springfield public works director.

As head of the Traffic Engineering Division in Springfield’s Department of Public Works, Newman is responsible for the planning, design, installation, regulation, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices. He supervises 29 employees and oversees the Transportation Management Center, major traffic control and safety project contracts, work zone traffic management, the parking management system and construction inspection of traffic engineering projects.

Newman is passionate about reducing crashes in the City. Each month the Traffic Engineering Division provides a Crash Report Card and Safety message to keep the community informed as to how the crash numbers are running all year long. Newman started the monthly Crash Report Card program in 2006. In 2008, the City of Springfield was cited as a Safe Community by the World Health Organization. The safety programs administered by the Traffic Engineering Division played a key role in helping Springfield receive this rare honor.

In conjunction with Springfield’s neighborhood speed limit reduction program, Newman instigated a Pace Car Pledge program where residents sign a pledge that they will drive the speed limit in their neighborhood and other neighborhoods to serve as a Pace Car to help regulate speed on local streets. Those signing the pledge put a Pace Car decal on the back window of their car to be identified as a Neighborhood Pace Car.

For a complete list of APWA Top 10 recipients from 1960 to present, visit

About APWA

The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,500 members involved in the field of public works. Originally chartered in 1937, APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. With 64 chapters throughout North America, APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and has an office in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact: Contact: Becky Wickstrom, (202) 218-6736;