Managing Public Works: How the Best Do It

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Sr. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,
Virginia Fairweather, Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 1, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


Management methods of what are considered the best public works organizations are reviewed. Examples of personnel management in some of these organizations include: Fostering the professional growth of management down to the foreman level; offering bonuses to top performers and giving challenging work assignments; and measuring productivity of operator personnel and using the results to publicize the work of top people and helping low performers improve. To minimize cost, bids are sought on as much work as possible and the work contracted out if the private sector is less costly. A state advisory program for city management and a school for water and wastewater plant operators are described.

Subject Headings: Management methods | Wastewater management | Business organizations | Urban areas | Waste management | Infrastructure | Personnel management | Professional societies

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