Southwest University Park, city leaders earn statewide awards
El Paso, TX — The City of El Paso is the recipient of four prestigious awards by Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
The Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) established its awards program to acknowledge the contributions that public works professionals and projects make to improve the quality of life in their communities. The awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals, groups and projects representing the best in Texas in the public works profession.
TPWA is recognizing El Paso with the following awards:
City of El Paso Director of Transportation Ted Marquez has been named 2014 Transportation Manager of the Year. Marquez has been with the City of El Paso since 1980. Marquez was chosen for the recognition for his exceptional leadership and management in furthering transportation in El Paso. As EPDoT Director, Marquez oversees a department with 260 employees and an annual operating budget of about $18 million. During 2013, he also managed the City of El Paso International Bridges Department. As Interim Director of International Bridges, Marquez managed the department’s annual operating budget of approximately $18 million and a staff of 54 full-time employees. Selection criteria for his award included: profession; leadership; innovation; agency service; customer service and community service.
City of El Paso Director of Environmental Services Ellen Smyth has been named 2014 Solid Waste Manager of the Year. Smyth joined the City of El Paso in 2004. She was selected for the recognition for her exceptional leadership and management in the solid waste industry. As director, she manages a department with approximately 450 employees and an annual operating budget of $55 million. Selection criteria for this award included: profession; leadership; innovation; agency service; customer service and community service.
El Paso Water Utilities Vice President Alan Shubert is being honored with the Texas Chapter Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works. It recognizes his exemplary contributions to public works over his career. Shubert served as the City Engineer for El Paso from June 2007 to November 2012. As City Engineer he spearheaded the $115 million capital program addressing the Storm 2006 recovery efforts; the development and execution of annual capital program of more than 300 active projects worth $400 million public investment; and the City’s $64 million investment to construct a state-of-the-art Triple-A baseball stadium in Downtown El Paso. He is currently Vice President of Operations and Technical Services with the El Paso Water Utilities.
- Southwest University Park earned the association’s 2014 Project of the Year Award in the category for projects $25 million to $75 million. The ballpark, which was constructed in the span of a year, was designed to serve as a catalyst for urban redevelopment in Downtown. It exemplifies the best of what public works brings to communities and it is home to the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
TWPA will present the awards at its Awards Recognition Ceremony held during the association’s annual conference in Galveston, TX, June 18-20, 2014.