2 City staffers named national public works fellows

Two Tacoma Public Works employees have been named national Public Works Leadership Fellows by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The employees are Kurtis D. Kingsolver, Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer, and James L. Coffman, Environmental Science and Engineering Assistant Division Manager.

Kingsolver oversees four divisions within Public Works — engineering, community based services, facilities and operations, and maintenance — with a biennial budget of approximately $35 million and a staff of approximately 350. Prior to his current position, Kingsolver served as the Public Works Engineering Division Manager who oversaw all street engineering design and project management.

Coffman is responsible for providing guidance, mentorship, and leadership for the Private Development Regulatory Oversight Group. This group provides regulatory oversight for proposed infrastructure projects associated with private development, which may include accessing conditions as requirements of a permit, and/or a land use action, providing regulatory oversight for developmental standards for a proposed development, and inspection and survey services.

Kingsolver and Coffman are among the 170 public works professionals from across North America who were recently inducted as Leadership Fellows.

The role of the Public Works Leadership Fellows is to mentor public works professionals enrolled in the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence throughout the next year.

For more information, visit http://www.apwa.net .