Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2016

Borough Manager Announces Retirement of State College Public Works Director

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State College, PA – State College Borough Manager Thomas Fountaine has announced the retirement of Mark Whitfield, Director of Public Works, which will be effective next month. Director Whitfield is leaving the post he has held for nearly 18 years, and 35 years of service to the Borough, to pursue other opportunities.

“Director Whitfield has provide invaluable service for the Borough of State College and the State College community. His dedication to service will leave a lasting legacy in this community. His commitment to environmental and fiscal sustainability, means the Borough of State College is better off today because of his leadership.” said Borough Manager Fountaine. “During his tenure, he has changed the culture of the Public Works Department, making citizen satisfaction the number one priority and improving accountability within the organization.”

In his formal letter of retirement to Borough Manager Fountaine, Director Whitfield expressed, “I have had 35 incredible years with the Borough, with over half of those years as Public Works Director. It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of State College with you. I am proud of the many accomplishments that I have been part of including a new municipal building, new service facility, three parking garages, instituting an organic waste collection program and many others.” He also recognized that the human elements, the relationships with citizens, Council, Borough staff, Penn State faculty and staff and other regional government staff are what is most important and that he will deeply miss being an integral part of the town and the people that make up State College.

Under Director Whitfield’s leadership, the Borough received numerous grants for infrastructure and environmental projects and multiple awards for sustainability initiatives including the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA award, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Waste Watcher awards, League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business SilverSM designation and Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM designation and Pennsylvania Municipal League Sustainable Pennsylvania Gold certification. From 2010 to 2011, Whitfield served as the Chair of the American Public Works Association’s Solid Waste Management Committee.  Whitfield has also been actively involved in the community as a member and past-president of the State College Downtown Rotary Club for over 14 years.

Prior to Mr. Whitfield’s departure in July, an interim Director of Public Works will be named and will serve during the search for a permanent director. 

Ribbon Cuttin
Ribbon Cutting at State College Borough Service Facility on May 16, 2016, in celebration of National Public Works Week.
Mark Recognized
Public Works Director Mark Whitfield honored for 35 years of service by Borough Manager Thomas Fountaine.

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Media Contact: Courtney Hayden, Communication & Special Projects Coordinator, (814) 278-4723
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