May 15, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Reception to Honor Earl Newman

Springfield Assistant Public Works Director Earl Newman will be honored Monday for his achievement in being named one of the Top Ten Public Works leaders for 2009 by the American Public Works Association.

The public is invited to attend the program and a reception sponsored by the APWA at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 18, in the Busch Building Lobby.

Newman began working for the City of Springfield in 1974 when he was hired as the City’s traffic engineer. He worked for 18 years and then spent several years working in the private sector. He returned to the City of Springfield about 10 years ago as the Assistant Director of Public Works over Traffic Engineering.

The Traffic Engineering Division’s responsibilities include: Operating and maintaining the City’s traffic signal and signage systems; oversight of the Transportation Management Center operated jointly with the Missouri Department of Transportation; road and traffic control construction design and inspection; and the City’s traffic safety and education programs.

Newman has been active in APWA and other professional organizations, including serving a term as president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Newman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and certifications as an accident reconstruction specialist and professional traffic operations engineer.

APWA Past President Larry Frevert of Kansas City will attend Monday’s ceremony honoring Newman’s selection. The award recognizes the career service achievements of public works professionals in both the public and private sectors. Newman is the fourth member of the City’s Public Works staff to be honored among the 500 professionals selected over the past 50 years.

For more information, contact: Earl Newman, 864-1980; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

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Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov