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County departments complete reaccreditation

Mohave County Public Works, Flood Control District and Emergency Management Division successfully completed a reaccreditation evaluation Oct. 25, by the American Public Works Association.

A three-member APWA Evaluation Team spent three days reviewing the policies and procedures of the Mohave County Public Works Department, as well as the Flood Control District and Emergency Management Division of the Development Services Department, before concluding that all three agencies deserve full reaccreditation.

APWA Director of Credentialing Ann Daniels, along with peer evaluators Encinitas (Calif.) Public Works Director Larry Watt and Eugene (Ore.) Engineering Development Review Manager Peggy Keppler, handled the evaluation and verification of compliance with APWA established management practices. The evaluators presented their findings to Mohave County on Oct. 25.

Mohave County Public Works Director Steven Latoski looked forward to the evaluation.

"This is our first reaccreditation since we were initially approved four years ago," he said. "It measures how the department has evolved with its changing functional responsibilities as well as improvements in existing policies and procedures and how we have accomplished, performed and delivered our services through our policies and practices."

Watt opened the "report-out" meeting by thanking the Mohave County employees for their hospitality and their work.

"You guys did great," he said. "When I found out I was coming to Mohave County, Arizona, I didn't know what to expect. You guys are really highly organized. I was very impressed. You have embraced the accreditation process."

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