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Sponsored by the American Public Works Association Ohio Chapter (OAPWA) to recognize individuals who exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment over a sustained period and who are creative and highly skilled career servant leaders at any level of public works. Individuals nominated for this award shall have made major contributions to advancing public works in a government setting. Nominees for this award must work in a public works capacity for (or be retired from service) an Ohio state or local government. They should be widely recognized by the community and their peers as being a dedicated public works servant leader and creator of public value.

This award will be presented annually to a public works practitioner who: currently works or have spent the primary part of their careers in public works; have made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than having performed a single exceptional deed; and have managed, created, or facilitated significant programs or projects within their area of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the public.

Due:  Nominations due October 1st of each year
(There may be multiple award recipients per calendar year.)

The Ohio Chapter President and his or her designee(s) will present award at recipients’ workplace.

Formal award presentations will be held at the Ohio Chapter December Luncheon.

CRITERIA: The decision of which nominee is to receive award shall be within the discretion of the APWA Ohio Chapter Award Nomination Committee. The APWA Ohio Chapter Nomination Committee evaluates each complete and valid application based on the documents submitted by or on behalf of the applicant. After evaluation by the Committee, the APWA Ohio Chapter Award Nomination Committee Chairperson makes a recommendation to the Board on the recipient(s) of the award. This recommendation is subject to the approval of the APWA Ohio Chapter Board of Directors. Specific points of the applicant to be considered shall be:

  • Applicant character and integrity.
  • Dedication to public works profession and passion for service.
  • Demonstration of public works leadership qualities.
  • Must be serving (or retired from) in public works capacity for an Ohio state or local government.
  • Made outstanding contributions to advancing public works in government.
  • Recognized by peers as being a creator of public value.
  • Significant program and project management accomplishments
  • Be a champion for and mentor to others.


(1)  Copy of nominee resume (should include a listing of activities, awards, and achievements);

(2)  At least three letters of recommendation from responsible individuals within the public works community;

(3)  An essay indicating why nominee should be selected for an award and how you see their career advancing in public works (250-500 words, 12 pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double-spaced). You may also include a description of any special circumstances which you feel should be considered in evaluating this application;

(4)  Completed APPLICATION & CERTIFICATION form (Download Nomination Packet).

**Applications lacking required information will not be considered*

Clyde "Butch" Seidle


Butch Seidle was widely known for his dedication to public works and passion for service, and he left a tremendous legacy to the public works community. His hard work and dedication positively impacted our region through his contributions to many local and regional public works projects and programs.

He was also a champion for others and mentor for public servants throughout their careers.  Butch believed in service both at work, and to the industry, having served in many roles in APWA-Ohio Section, up-to and including the chair.  He also believed in service to his family, his church, and his friends, and was often the first to volunteer for any service.

Clyde “Butch” Seidle retired from the City of Hilliard, Ohio as Director of Public Service and City Engineer following nearly five decades of public service. Prior to coming to the City of Hilliard, Seidle was Principal and Director of Moody Nolan Inc., Chief Deputy Engineer for Delaware County, and Federal/State Projects Programming and Bridge Engineer for the City of Columbus. He graduated from University of Maryland in Engineering, and he studied Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. Butch served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps.

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