Town of Ocean City Public Works Director, Hal O. Adkins, was recently accepted as a “Public Works Leadership Fellow” by the American Public Works Association, Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works. This designation affirms that Adkins has attained nationwide recognition for his contributions to the Public Works profession as a senior executive.
The Donald C. Stone Center was created to meet the critical need to foster and develop leadership skills for the next generation of Public Works Executives. Considered succession planning on a grand scale, the Center reinforces the importance in investing in the future of public works professionals through mentoring the next generation of leaders.
“For my entire career with the Town of Ocean City I’ve had a plaque that resides on my desk that reads “Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way,” said Adkins. “For those who truly know me, they would say I live and breathe that statement.”
An induction pinning ceremony will be held in Chicago on August 26, at the annual International Public Works Congress and Exposition, at which time Adkins will be formally recognized for his achievements and contributions to the public works profession. “In the profession of Public Works there is rarely room for wavering or error. It is of extreme importance that today’s managers recognize the need to properly train, mentor, and support the growth of the next generation of public works managers.”
Adkins, 50, started his career with the Town of Ocean City on May 28, 1984. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore with a B.S. in Construction Management – Engineering through the Department of Industrial Education and Technology. He will complete his 29th year of service with the Town later this month.
Adkins is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and currently resides in West Ocean City with his wife Alison and family. “I take great pride in the thought of someday leaving my current position of Public Works Director and having the public in general never realizing I am even gone,” Adkins continued. “If that seamless transition occurs, I will have succeeded at one of my most important goals, succession planning through mentoring.”