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David Fleisch Receives APWA's Public Works Professional of the Year Award for 2021
By: Ventura County Public Works Agency
Fleisch has been an extraordinary asset to the County of Ventura for over 11 years, first as Director of Roads & Transportation and now as Assistant Agency Director. His skills and service have greatly impacted public works, the county, and the state in pursuit of continued innovation, excellence, and improvement in public safety.
"Having worked alongside Dave for the past three years, observing his professionalism, integrity, and dedication it was no surprise when he was selected as the APWA Professional of the Year. His natural leadership skills come through in his approach to both projects and personnel." says Joan Araujo, VCPWA Central Services Director, who has worked with Fleisch for 3 years.
Before becoming Assistant Director at VCPWA, David served as Director of Roads & Transportation for 11 years. In that role, he identified many improvements which have been successfully implemented. He also mentored staff and fostered greater communication and coordination among several public agencies. Fleisch made organizational and leadership changes that have helped the department accomplish its work more efficiently and effectively.
While at Public Works, Fleisch has also held countless positions in other organizations that contribute not only to the county, but to the state of California. Some of his roles include volunteering as chairman of the Ventura County Civic Alliance, state chairman for the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) Transportation Policy committee, and chairman of the California Traffic Control Devices Committee. Fleisch is also an active member of APWA, California League of Cities, CSAC, and ASCE.
Prior to joining the County in 2010, Fleisch completed a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy. During his Navy career, Captain Fleisch served as the Chief Staff Officer, NBVC, Chief, Engineering Division, U.S. Pacific Command, Commanding Officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, FIVE, and Production Officer for the Navy Public Works Center in San Diego. He retired in August 2009 as Captain in the Civil Engineer Corps.
"David Fleisch, the epitome of kindness, service, and humility, is the type of person people are fortunate enough to meet once in a lifetime. I am privileged to learn from his example. When you really get to know Dave, you find a husband, father, grandfather, and friend that brings as much passion into the personal aspects of his life as he does his professional world," says Araujo.