Montrose City Hall

September 14, 2017

City of Montrose
Office of the City Manager
433 S First Street, Montrose, CO 81401  
Contact: Rob Joseph, Assistant City Manager
970-240-1427  |    |

Public Works Employees to Receive Colorado APWA Awards

Montrose, CO – The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) will honor City of Montrose Fleet Manager Joel Taylor as Professional Manager of the Year in Fleet Maintenance and Wastewater Superintendent Allen Coriell as Professional Manager of the Year in Water Resources. Both honors will be bestowed at the chapter’s annual conference in October and published in the fall issue of the Colorado Public Works Journal.

Joel Taylor - Professional Manager of the Year in Fleet Maintenance
Joel has worked in the city’s Public Works Fleet Maintenance Division for 23 years and as its superintendent for 18 years. Prior to joining the Montrose team, he worked for more than a decade maintaining fleet assets for other Colorado public works agencies. This lifetime of experience and a genuine commitment to promoting and improving his profession have positioned Joel as a fleet maintenance industry leader throughout the region.

Joel is an APWA Certified Public Fleet Professional, ASE Master Mechanic, and a nationally recognized power user of FASTER, the fleet management software used by the city. Joel has designed and fabricated unique tools and equipment to resolve challenging issues and has implemented programs that provide additional community services, protect the environment, and reduce operating costs. His projects and programs have received numerous awards.

Among Joel’s most notable accomplishments is the development of fleet maintenance agreements with other government agencies in Montrose. These shared services agreements benefit the community as a whole by reducing costs and making the best use of resources while providing high-quality services for each partner.

Allen Coriell - Professional Manager of the Year in Water Resources
Allen has worked at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for 40 years and has been the WWTP superintendent for 34 years.

Throughout Allen’s career he has managed dozens of WWTP capital improvement projects designed to increase capacity and improve processes, including two plant expansions and numerous upgrade and repair projects. Energy efficiency projects that he has implemented have collectively reduced WWTP power costs by more than forty percent.

He is recognized as a subject matter expert regionally, and the efficient, innovative programs and practices that he has implemented have positioned Montrose as an industry leader in wastewater treatment. 

“Allen and Joel exemplify the city’s skilled, professional staff that provides exceptional service to our community,” said City Manager Bill Bell. “Colorado Cities and Towns Week and these awards provide opportunities to highlight the efforts city employees that easily go unnoticed by the public. Having a dedicated team of skilled professionals is critical to the city’s success.”

Colorado Cities & Towns Week, September 11-17, is an annual celebration designed by the Colorado Municipal League to celebrate municipal government’s important role in providing essential services, fostering a healthy local economy, and elevating the quality of life for everyone in the community. Learn more about Colorado Cities & Towns Week at

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