Donald Jacobovitz, SEAS MS ’88, was recently named to the national Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The APWA annually recognizes ten national leaders to this list. Each leader will be honored during the awards ceremony of the APWA 2013 International Public Works Congress & Exposition, taking place in Chicago, IL from August 25-28, 2013. Jacbovitz was first presented an award in his local Florida in April, by APWA President Elizabeth Treadway.
Jacobovitz is the public works director of Putnam County, FL. He is responsible for the activities of the department, including road and drainage maintenance, engineering support of the county, operation of two ferries, operation of three water plants–including a 1 MGD reverse osmosis plant–and supervising 70 public works employees. He also supervises 425 miles of paved roads and 1,200 miles of dirt roads within the county. In addition, Jacobovitz has been involved with the APWA’s Emerging Leaders program since 2003, and the institution of leadership training series for all Putnam County public works supervisors.