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A City of Pocatello Engineer has taken home a top honor from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Rocky Mountain Chapter.
At the group’s annual conference in Fairmont, Montana, Public Works Development Engineer Merril Quayle was recognized as the 2019 Public Works Leader of the Year. The award recognizes the “outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials.”
“This is a great honor as there are many outstanding leaders within the APWA Rocky Mountain Chapter,” said Merril. “It takes a team to complete projects and without their help, I would not have received this award. I feel privileged to work with colleagues that nominated me.”
Merril’s career with the City started in 1989 as a bus driver and maintenance mechanic for Pocatello Regional Transit. While working for the City, he completed his Bachelors of Science in Engineering at Idaho State University. In 1996, he made the move into engineering as an Engineering Technician/Equipment Operator with the Street Operations Department. In 1999, he took on the role as Project Engineer in the Engineering Department and in 2001, he became the Development Engineering Services Manager which was later renamed to Public Works Development Engineer.
“When I started down the path to becoming an engineer, there were two goals I had. One was to serve those around me and try to make life better for those I serve and the second was to raise a family in a great place,” said Merril. “I believe I have fulfilled my goals in working for and living in Pocatello.”
Over the course of his career at the City, Merril has been involved in an array of projects ranging from the construction South Valley Road and the widening of South 5th Avenue to runway and taxiway rehabilitation at Pocatello Regional Airport and the McKinley sewer Lift Station and Force Main. He has also reviewed, approved, and inspected over 200 subdivisions in Pocatello.
“Merril is the epitome of what public service is all about,” said Jeff Mansfield, Public Works Director/City Engineer. “He cares about the people he works with and the community in which he lives. He is an asset to the City of Pocatello and I appreciate the contributions he brings to our team.”
The APWA Rocky Mountain Chapter encompasses Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
For more information on the City of Pocatello Engineering Department, pocatello.us/engineering.