Mary Joyce Ivers has been involved in public works for over twenty-one years. For the past six, she has served as the Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura, California. In this position she manages a $10 million operating budget, is responsible for five supervisors and twenty employees, and interacts daily with City departments and the citizens of Ventura. In 2011, Ivers and her team collaboratively developed Fleet and Facilities Business Plans and Service Level Agreements for all of the customer departments and looked at providing public works services as a business model. This was the first business plan developed for any of the departments at the City of Ventura.Ivers has been very involved in fleet and facilities at both the local and national levels. At the local level, she is involved in the regional Gold Coast Fleet group and the Central Coast International Facilities Management Association. At the national level with APWA, she received the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) designation in 2008 and was recertified in 2013. In 2010, she was appointed to the Fleet Services Technical Committee and was appointed Chair in 2012. In 2011, Ivers served on the Education & Certification Strategic Planning Group as the Fleet Technical Committee member; this was the inception and development of the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Excellence in Public Works. Ivers has written many articles promoting success stories within fleet and facilities operations that have been published in the APWA Reporter, Government Fleet, American City and County, Roads and Bridges and other publications.
Ronald J. Calkins served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Ventura, Calif., for 17 years, retiring in 2010. His previous work experience includes City Engineer for the City of Ventura; Assistant Public Works Director/Chief Engineer for the City of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Principal Engineer, Senior Engineer, Associate Engineer and Assistant Engineer for the Ventura Regional Sanitation District.Calkins is a former member of APWA’s State and Local Advocacy Task Force and the Body of Knowledge Task Force, and is a former Chapter Delegate for the Ventura County Chapter. He co-founded the Ventura County branch of APWA’s Southern California Chapter in 1982, which then became the Ventura County Chapter in 1995. Calkins is a former trustee for the Public Works Historical Society and a former trustee for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2008.
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