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Ronald L. Norris, P.E., Public Works Specialist

Ronald L. Norris P.E.

Ronald L. Norris, P.E.,
Public Works Specialist

  • Education
    Master of Public Administration,
    University of Kansas
    Bachelor of Science,
    Civil Engineering, University of Missouri
  • Professional Certifications
    Licensed Professional Engineer, Missouri and Kansas
  • Industry
    Tenure: 49 years
    Consulting: 5 years
    Local Government:
    30 years
    State Government:
    12 years
    Regional Agency: 2 years

Ron is a seasoned public works leader, bringing more than 40 years of experience in a broad range of technical and managerial disciplines. 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.

Prior to that he served as public works director for Lenexa, Kansas where he created the acclaimed “Rain to Recreation” program. This effective, sustainable stormwater management program provided amenities that are highly valued by Lenexa residents. He led the design and construction of many infrastructure elements including miles of roadways, bridges, and interchanges that are utilitarian, attractive, unique, and cost-effective. He also led Lenexa Public Works to its first Accreditation by APWA.

He served as deputy director of public works for Clark County, Nevada which includes the Las Vegas Metro area. He developed roadways and alternative transportation for the rapidly growing area. He worked with resorts and other developers to address critical infrastructure needs resulting from the explosive growth.

Ron also served as director of design and construction for the State of Missouri. He managed the development and presentation of the State’s capital improvement program. He oversaw the design and construction of all state government facilities such as prisons, hospitals, office buildings, and state schools. He also directed the maintenance and repair of all state government general purpose facilities, including the Capitol Complex.

As director of community development for Liberty, Missouri, Ron directed the planning department, water and sewer utilities, engineering, construction, planning, code enforcement, and the building department. He also led the formation of the City’s first Housing Authority and the development and implementation of the City’s first housing program.

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.