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City Official, Library Win Top Regional Honors

Dec 10, 2015 07:09PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello

The Manhattan Beach Public Library at its opening.

The city of Manhattan Beach is riding high with two recent honors: Public Works Director Tony Olmos and the Manhattan Beach Public Library have both earned top regional awards for excellence.

Olmos was selected by his peers as the 2015 Leader of the Year – Public Sector award from the
Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). This award is presented annually to recognize leaders in the public works profession and their efforts and dedication in advancing the field.

“This award is a tremendous honor,” said Olmos upon being notified of the award. “APWA exemplifies what it means to be a Public Works professional and does an incredible job in promoting the profession and developing our future leaders."

APWA is a professional association of public works leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Southern California chapter covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with more than 1,400 members. The awards recognize public agencies, as well as public and private leadership, for outstanding projects, programs, and innovations.

Olmos has been with the city of Manhattan Beach since 2013, after experience working in
both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He is an active member of numerous professional committees that seek to protect the future of our community’s resources, such as West Basin Water Association and Public Works Standards, Inc.

City Manager Mark Danaj said, “Tony has been instrumental in not only working to maintain our city’s infrastructure and public facilities, but also planning for the future needs of our community.”

The County of Los Angeles received the 2015 BEST Project of the Year - Regional Building award for the Manhattan Beach Public Library, which was completed in May of this year. The library project - finished on schedule and under budget - represented a successful partnership between the City of Manhattan Beach and the County of Los Angeles. The new library offers a number of new amenities, including a community meeting room, expanded collection of books and other materials and automated book sorting machine - the first of its kind in the County of Los Angeles public library system.

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