Hardt Receives National Award

Tulsa Public Works Director Charles L. Hardt will be recognized nationally tonight for his “outstanding and meritorious achievement in the environmental field” at the 2007 American Public Works Association International Congress in San Antonio, Texas.
Hardt, who began his career with the City as its first chief hydrologist and was hired as the Public Works Department’s first director in 1990 when it was created, will receive the Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence.
“Without a doubt, the City of Tulsa is a better place because Charles Hardt has dedicated 30 years of his life to public service, said Mayor Kathy Taylor. “Charles was instrumental in developing Tulsa’s flood control and stormwater management programs, which is recognized for excellence nationwide.
The Charles Walter Nichols award is given to Public Works professionals to “recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in the environmental field” as it applies to water supply and treatment, sewers and sewage treatment, streets and refuse collection, disposal and recycling.
Hardt, a registered professional engineer and a professional hydrologist, joined the City of Tulsa’s as chief hydrologist in 1976. In 1981 he left the City to join a private engineering firm where he designed flood-control projects in Tulsa. He returned to the City in 1987 as City Engineer, then became the City’s first Public Works Director when the department was formed in 1991.
Hardt has also served at times as the City’s Chief Operating Officer with supervisory roles over Parks, Urban Development, Fire and Airport Departments as well as Gilcrease Museum and the Performing Arts and Convention Centers.

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