Ron Norris brings over 40 years working in city and regional government.
He served as national president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and was on their Board of Directors for nine years. He also served as president of the National Association of State Facility Administrators. He was selected as an APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader and received the Mid-America Regional Council’s Regional Leadership Award for his leadership in regional stormwater solutions, a regional program to coordinate traffic signalization throughout the two-state region, and the design and development of infrastructure that is functional and enhances community appearance.
Most recently he served as director of public works for the City of Olathe, Kansas, a city of more than 130,000 in the Kansas City Metro region. He led the consolidation of 3 disparate departments into a single cohesive unit of more than 300 employees. The organization received its first Accreditation by APWA under his leadership. The Department included solid waste, water and sewer utilities, fleet management, engineering, construction management, city planning and development, and street maintenance. He initiated an asset management program that resulted in sustainable and comprehensive utility financial and infrastructure management.
Ron has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Kansas. He presently serves as chair of APWA’s Certification Commission, serves on the International Affairs Committee, and is on APWA’s Advisory Council.