Woodstock’s Public Works Department received a favorable outcome in a recent accreditation review conducted by evaluators from the American Public Works Association.

The four evaluators said in an exit statement that they reviewed 420 management practices and toured the town and public works facility.

The letter states that the evaluators determined the Public Works Department to be fully compliant on 418 management practices and substantially compliant on two management practices.

Woodstock Town Manager Angela Clem expressed her admiration of the department’s employees and their work in an emailed statement:

“I am incredibly proud of our Public Works staff for continuously following the best practices in the industry and committing to constant improvement. This is a testament to the support from our mayor and town council, leadership within the Department, a great deal of teamwork, and staff consciously taking pride in the Woodstock community,” Clem wrote.

The evaluators also singled out three stated practices that the department and the town have implemented that they felt were good enough that they should be shared with other agencies as a guideline.

They were the department’s stated human resources management plan to license, register or certify employees, its human resources management and training goals, and its snow removal and ice control plan.

The department should find out whether it will obtain accreditation within 30 days.

“Today, there are 153 agencies accredited nationwide. Woodstock is on its way to becoming the 9th accredited agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” the assessors wrote.

– Contact Melissa Topey at mtopey@nvdaily.com