The American Public Works Association (APWA) has chosen Eugene City Engineer Jenifer Willer as a 2022 National Top 10 leader. Recipients of the award embody professionalism, expertise, and personal dedication to improving the quality of life in their communities through the advancement of public works services and technology.
APWA will present Willer with her award during the May 9 Eugene City Council Meeting. She will also be recognized at APWA’s National Conference in August.
“I am honored and grateful for my selection as a Top 10 leader,” said Willer. “I consider myself lucky to work with wonderful colleagues at the City of Eugene. The support I receive has allowed me opportunities to develop and build critical public infrastructure projects that improve our community. I’ve also appreciated the opportunities to follow my passion to invest in our staff, by creating and facilitating trainings that allow us to deliver better projects.”
Willer has worked for the City of Eugene since 2005, most recently as City Engineer, where she manages 84 full-time equivalent positions, a division operating budget of approximately $15 million, and a capital budget of approximately $33 million.
Her job-related technical and managerial accomplishments include a sustainable pavement preservation program, engagement with staff and citizens, an active role in the Oregon Department of Transportation’s local agency certification program, supporting an equitable community through her work on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facilities upgrade projects, and innovation through Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts initiative as well as in ways to accomplish more with less money and less impact to the environment through the recycling of road-construction materials.
Willer has shown commitment to advancing others in their careers by creating and facilitating an internal Project Management Essentials training at the City of Eugene. She also chairs Oregon APWA's Education Committee.
"Jenifer has earned this recognition as a 2022 Top Ten Leader for her incredible leadership at the City and Oregon APWA and most importantly for the work she has done to make lives better for the people of Eugene every day," said Matt Rodrigues, Public Works Director.