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Oakwood city manager at top of field
Brown honored by American Public Works Association
Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown accepts his award as a 2015 top 10 public works leader as determined by the American Public Works Association. - photo by Carly Sharec

Colleagues, friends and family members of Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown gathered on May 11 to recognize him for being named as one of 2015’s top 10 public works leaders by the American Public Works Association.

There have only been seven named to this list from the state of Georgia since 1960, according to APWA region director Tommy Brown.

“It is not only an honor for Stan, but for his employer, the Georgia chapter of APWA and the entire public works profession of the state of Georgia,” Tommy Brown said. “This is a very difficult accomplishment to attain.”

Stan Brown, who has served as Oakwood city manager since 2004, said he couldn’t imagine a life outside of public service.

“We’re doing the job, that hopefully nobody knows you’re there,” Brown said upon acceptance of his award. “If you’re doing a good job, you’re just going to go unnoticed.”

Brown earned his degree in civil engineering in 1982 from the United States Air Force Academy; he went on to receive a master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Georgia in 1995.

Along with his career, Brown is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve whose military service included deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan, according to a profile on Brown.

“It’s hard to describe it, but if you try to go work in the private sector and you know you’re supposed to be in the public sector, it’s miserable,” Brown said. “But if you can go in there and you know you’re working for the good of the community, you know you’re in the right place.”

On top of his career with Oakwood, Brown is the founding chairman of the Hall County Green Alliance, chairman of the APWA Small Cities and Rural Communities Committee, chairman of the APWA Georgia Chapter Awards Committee and president of APWA Georgia Chapter Northeast Georgia Branch. He is also executive secretary for the Hall County Joint Municipal Association Executive Committee.

“The thing I love about Oakwood is we have a can-do spirit,” Brown said. “We make things happen.”

“I’ve been blessed to have the relationship that I have with God,” he added. “That’s where I get my strength and my hope.”