Martin County equipment operators dominate recent Equipment Rodeo

Employees took home four awards from event featuring skills of public works employees

Four Martin County employees emerged as winners in the recent Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s Equipment Rodeo.

Heavy equipment operators from public works and utilities and solid waste departments across the Treasure Coast gathered for the event that featured street sweepers instead of steers.

The Equipment Rodeo, held March 9, was sponsored by equipment vendors who provided equipment, such as a street sweeper, backhoe, automated side-loading garbage truck, clamshell truck, vacuum truck and radio-controlled mower, to be used in several game-like activities meant to showcase participating operators’ skills.

Contestants moved from station to station and were timed on operating each piece of equipment during the activities. A prize was awarded for the lowest overall competition time, as well as the lowest time for each individual piece of equipment and activity.

Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste Equipment Operator Jay Johnson swept away competitors, taking first place in the overall competition based on his score at each of the individual activities. Martin County Public Works professionals also proved to be fierce competitors, with three field operations professionals bringing home a prize:

  • Project Leader Bill McArdle won third place in the overall competition;
  • Project Leader Glenn Troutt took first place on the sweeper truck; and
  • Equipment Operator Tyler Seehafer claimed first place on the grapple truck.

“We’re very proud of our employees’ performance during this competition, though we are not surprised,” said Deputy County Administrator Don Donaldson. “Our equipment operators demonstrate their talent, skill and commitment to service on behalf of our residents throughout Martin County every day and these awards are well-deserved.”

About the American Public Works Association (APWA)

Membership in APWA is open to any individual, agency or corporation with an interest in public works and infrastructure issues. APWA is a not-for-profit organization that prides itself on its ability to provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel grow in their professionalism and improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. For more information, visit

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