Public Works Director Honored

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The City of Pendleton’s Public Works Director, Bob Patterson, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the William A. Bowes Award.  This is the highest award given by the Oregon chapter of the American Public Works Association to honor distinguished Oregon public works professionals. It was established to recognize a public works leader for their far-reaching, positive impact on public works programs, services or policies. 

This Year’s Recipient is not about accolades or recognition, but about doing the right thing for their agency, community, and the public works profession in the state.

Bob was described by his peers as a “man of unique energy and drive”. He is reported to have served as a member of the Oregon Chapter APWA board of directors, and served a lead role in many critical initiatives throughout his career. 

The Department of Public Works is responsible for many duties likely to stir public criticism – planning, zoning, transit, traffic, streets, and highways. Bob is known for many of these and more, including, Local Government and Public Administration, Budgeting, Water Treatment and Distribution, Wastewater Treatment and Collection, Construction Management, Contract Management and Negotiation, Emergency Management, Permitting, Environmental Issues, Energy Management, Procurement, and Economic Development.

According to the award presenter, “This year’s recipient has exhibited all of the traits of Mr. Bowes and then some. They are a mentor, leader, and friend to all that that they meet.”  He gave examples of Bob's demonstrated dedication and professionalism, then wrapped up by quoting Bob, who has often been heard to say, “Let’er Buck” and “Get’er Done”!