County Comment: Public Works Director named fellow of national association

County Comment
Public Works Director named fellow of national association
By Norman Bassett
Washington County Maryland Public Information Officer

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has announced that Washington County, Maryland's Director of Public Works, Joseph Kroboth, III, PE, LS was recently awarded the distinction of Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF).
Kroboth serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter covers the States of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The PWLF designation is bestowed through the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate more than twenty years of progressively increasing leadership qualities and experience in the public works field. Factors considered by the APWA that lead to the award included Kroboth's educational accomplishments, licenses and certifications, professional assignments and accomplishments, research experience, authored publications, membership in professional associations and civic/community volunteerism. The PWLF is the highest credentialing level offered by the Center.
Kroboth will use this professional accomplishment to help mentor other public works employees in the area of career path growth and professional development both within the County's Public Works agency and others across the country.
County Administrator Greg Murray commented, "Joe's expertise is essential to providing efficient services to citizens of Washington County as he guides the departments within Public Works, the largest of the County's Divisions, which includes Engineering, Construction Management and Inspection, Transit, Hagerstown Regional Airport, Parks and Facilities, and Highways."
"He works tirelessly to make sure citizens get full benefit of the taxes they pay for infrastructure and transportation services for the lowest per-capita cost in Maryland," Murray said.
The Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works is a progressive system of career paths for professional development and credentialing. The Center is a partnership of APWA chapter institutes and academies, colleges, universities, government agencies and associations, working together to provide comprehensive and integrated educational, training, and professional development opportunities. The credentialing requirements are rigorous because the challenges before the profession are serious. APWA has created a development model that will require candidates to document growth and, in some instances, defend their work through oral exams. For more information on APWA's Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works, please visit the APWA web page at:
About APWA: The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. Working in the public interest, the members of APWA plan, design, build, operate and maintain the transportation, water supply, storm drainage, sewage and refuse disposal systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential to our nation's economy and way of life.
Chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world. With headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, and an advocacy office in Washington, D.C., APWA provides a forum for public works professionals to exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.