Headshot of Paul McElhaneyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kansas City, MO—The American Public Works Association’s Board of Directors appointed Paul McElhaney to fill the remainder of the Region II Director term recently vacated by Dominick A. Longobardi when he moved into the President-Elect role left suddenly vacant by the untimely passing of Lisa Rapp.

Paul McElhaney brings more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry to the role and has planned and managed infrastructure projects, collaborated with engineers, and engaged with public entities. He served 10 years as a Township Commissioner for Lower Merion, where he worked with the public works director and township engineer on all infrastructure and CIP projects. In his time on the Board of Commissions, he served as vice president and then president in seven out of the 10 years. In that role, he was responsible for working and communicating with the public and elected officials. Since 2018, he has served as the Director of Public Works for Lower Merion Township, one of the largest public works departments in Pennsylvania.

He has served on the Board of the APWA Southeastern Chapter for the past six years, including as the 2024 Chapter Delegate. He has actively worked to raise the visibility of public works as a career by collaborating with local trade schools.

“The public works industry is grappling with several strategic issues that require the active involvement of APWA in shaping policies and providing leadership for the professional development of its members. Key challenges include navigating the dynamic landscape of safety protocols, addressing sustainability concerns, keeping pace with rapid technological advancements, and optimizing mechanical and equipment capabilities. These issues underscore the importance of APWA’s proactive engagement in guiding its members toward effective solutions, ensuring they remain well-equipped and informed in a field that is continually evolving,” said McElhaney.

For additional information about APWA, contact Jared Shilhanek, APWA Chief Growth Officer at jshilhanek@apwa.org, or by phone at (816) 595–5257.

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About APWA

The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.org) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 32,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, has an office in Washington, D.C., and 62 chapters and 97 branches throughout North America.


Jared Shilhanek
APWA Chief Growth Officer
(816) 595-5257; jshilhanek@apwa.org