Public Works Director Cliff Baber Awarded Professional Engineer of the Year

The Missouri Chapter of the American Public Works Association has named the Maryland Heights Director of Public Works, Cliff Baber, as the 2022 Professional Engineer of the Year!

Maryland Heights Director of Public Works Cliff Baber smiles and holds a trophy from the Missouri chapter of the American Public Works Association declaring him the 2022 Professional Engineer of the Year

This award recognizes "excellence and dedication in the public works profession through outstanding leadership and management achievements by an engineering professional." This certainly applies to Cliff, who has dedicated himself to improving the communities he serves throughout his 43-year long career in municipal/local government engineering.

"One thing I really like about municipal engineering is I feel like I’m giving back to the community," Cliff said. "I also like seeing projects from start to finish and the positive impact they have on the community." 

Some of the major projects that he has overseen in his time with the City includes the reconstruction of collector streets such as Progress Parkway, Adie Road, Midland Avenue and Parkwood Lane. Cliff also noted pride in managing and being involved in the construction of the Fee Fee Greenway, and the Greenway connection made in the Wesglen Estates subdivision.

Cliff first started with the City of Maryland Heights in 2006 as Construction Manager. He was appointed to Interim Director of Public Works in 2017, and has permanently served in the position since 2018. Cliff graduated in 1980 from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and began his career in Beloit, Wisconsin as a staff engineer from 1980 to 1986. In 1986, he moved to the City of St. Charles as the Assistant City Engineer. In 1992, he became the Director of Public Works/City Engineer of St. Charles until 1999. From 1999 to 2003, he worked for a private consulting firm and from 2003 to 2006 he was a highway engineer for St. Charles County. 

While the award recognizes Cliff's accomplishments and leadership, Cliff noted that the projects he has overseen were always a team effort. "I’m really proud of the entire Public Works team here," Cliff said. "They all have the best interest of the city and residents in everything they do. They are all proud of the work they do here and it shows." 

The City is proud of Cliff's achievements and appreciates the dedication and professionalism that he brings to the field. Congratulations, Cliff!