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Clearwater Beacon
Utilities director receives top honor
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CLEARWATER – Clearwater’s Public Utilities Director, Tracy Mercer, was recently named to the American Public Works Association 2014 Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year. Each recipient will be honored during the awards ceremony of the APWA 2014 International Public Works Congress & Exposition taking place in Toronto on Aug. 17 to 20.

APWA annually recognizes 10 of the most outstanding public works professionals from across the U.S. and Canada for their career-long dedication and service, professionalism, and expertise in public works infrastructure. As one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by the association, the Top Ten Public Works Leader award is given to honor the public works professional’s career, in which he or she demonstrates excellence in public works, services, infrastructure in the community through advancement of public works services and technology.

Mercer began working as the Public Utilities Director for the city seven years ago. Her 30-year career includes management of operations, maintenance, and capital improvement projects of several or all departments within a respective municipality or county. Her experience also includes senior/executive management, operations management, financial management, organizational and program development with public utilities, public services, cemeteries, fleet maintenance, utility billing, customer services, and other government entities.

As Clearwater’s public utilities director, Mercer has spearheaded various projects and initiatives benefitting the company. One of these initiatives is Meeting of the Minds, which is a dynamic group of local, municipal utility professionals in north Pinellas County who meet monthly to share ideas on water utility-related technologies, regulations, training, policies and experiences.

“Ms. Mercer’s leadership of the public utilities department has initiated several programs to educate the public on the department’s role as well as on the individual’s responsibilities, and to promote inter-local cooperation and understanding among neighboring cities. These open houses and competitions have also led to other ideas and efficiencies to be considered and shared,” said Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos. “Mercer has been an outstanding director and representative of the City of Clearwater. Its residents are fortunate to have her guiding the department and leading its employees.”
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