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Roswell’s Director of Transportation Named National APWA Public Works Leadership Fellow

Steven Acenbrak will now mentor other public works professionals.

Roswell’s Director of Transportation Steven Acenbrak was recently designated a Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

As a PWLF fellow, Acenbrak will mentor public works professionals enrolled in the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence (DCS Center) throughout the year. He is among 200 public works professionals from across North America who were recently inducted as Leadership Fellows (PWLF). The APWA Donald C. Stone Center’s Program Council determines the selection of recipients for the PWLF designation. 

“The average age of APWA members in leadership positions is 55 years old. As that group heads toward retirement, there is a critical need to bestow the senior public works leaders’ accumulated wisdom on the next generation of leaders. The resulting knowledge transfer will help to position the next generation to better address the issues of the 21st Century,” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. “The APWA PWLFs have pledged to assist those who aspire to become public works directors, executives, managers and supervisors through a focused mentoring program.  The PWLF is a senior executive service designation from APWA’s Donald C. Stone Center, “King said.

Acenbrak has over 30 years of engineering and management experience. He spent 20 years as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1980 and 2000 and retired as a Chief of Staff. During his time in the Army Corps, he served in various locations within the United States, South Korea and Italy. He was responsible for engineering, environmental management, financial resource management, security and training, civilian and military personnel management, installation security and public safety. In the 10 years after he left the Corps, he served in progressively senior capacities in Georgia local government. In his current role as Roswell’s director of transportation, Acenbrak manages a team of 63 personnel, as well as a $7 million budget and an over $8 million construction program for the 7th largest city in Georgia.

Acenbrak is eager to participate in the PWLF program. “With over 32 years of public works experience I want to give back to the profession that has been so good to me,” he said.

Acenbrak earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. He also holds a Master of Arts in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  He has graduated from both Army Command and General Staff College, and Air Force Command and Staff College.                              

For more information about the Donald C. Stone Center’s Public Works Leadership Fellow program, or other APWA professional development opportunities, contact Director of Professional Development Mabel Tinjacá, Ph.D., at mtinjaca@apwa.net. For APWA media queries, please contact Laura Bynum, M.A., APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager at lbynum@apwa.net.

Dan November 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Such a smartie... (lol) Congratulations, Mr Acenbrak. I put up with city of Atlanta streets for nearly all my driving life, until I moved to Roswell in 2010. And I can tell you that driving here is like a breath of fresh air compared to what I was used to. Keep up the good work!

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