Ronald J. Calkins, P.E., PWLF, Director of Region VIII
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.