The American Public Works Association (APWA) has named City of Dubuque Public Works Director John Klostermann as one of the top ten public works leaders of 2019. According to the APWA, the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year program seeks to inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials, from both the public and private sectors. The primary focus of the award is on career service to the public works profession rather than on any one single event or project.
Klostermann joined the City of Dubuque Public Works Department in 1975 and has since held a series of positions with progressively more responsibilities. He was appointed public works director in 2016. Over the course of his career, Klostermann has taken on statewide leadership roles in the field of public works. He is a member of the American Public Works Association, the APWA Iowa Chapter, and the Water Environment Association. He was a member of the APWA Iowa Chapter board from 1999-2004, serving as president in 2003, and was named the APWA Iowa Chapter’s Leader of the Year in 2004. In October 2017, Klostermann was awarded the APWA Iowa Chapter’s Stan Ring Award, the highest award bestowed upon an Iowa chapter member.
As public works director, Klostermann is responsible for the maintenance of Dubuque’s floodwall and levee system and for the operation of the pumping and gates that are an integral part of Dubuque’s flood protection system. He is responsible for maintaining Dubuque’s streets, sanitary sewers, and storm sewer system. He is also responsible for all the City residential refuse and recycling collection, fleet maintenance, and operation of the landfill.