The Fairfield Public Works Department is accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The standards established by APWA assure the community that its Public Works Department meets specific criteria established by a national governing body overseen by public works officials.
The purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended management practices set forth. It is a voluntary, self-motivated approach to objectively evaluate, verify and recognize compliance with the recommended management practices.
Accreditation symbolizes excellence and a commitment of continual improvement. Fairfield can take pride in its Public Works Department, knowing that it represents the very best in public works.
Accreditation is not an award to be framed and forgotten. It requires continuous improvement and service to the community. APWA has established 529 standard practices with recommended guidance in 35 areas. The objectives of the accreditation program are to:
· create impetus for organization self improvement and stimulate general raising of standards
· offer a voluntary evaluation and education program rather than government regulated activity
· recognize good performance and provide motivation to maintain and improve performance
· improve public works performance and the provision of services
· increase professionalism
· instill pride among agency staff, elected officials and the local community
The Fairfield Public Works Department was initially accredited in July 2004 after submitting to an on-site inspection by evaluators who spend (4) four days on-site conducting a thorough review of the agency's compliance of processes, documentation, and practices. Following the initial accreditation biennially report is submitted to APWA with changes or improvements in operations. Re-accreditation occurs every (4) four years when the agency must once again submit to an on-site inspection by evaluators. The Public Works Department was re-accredited in September 2008 and again in November 2011. The accreditation process is continuing as new service levels and methods/processes evolve and standards are updated and added.