Swift Appointed Dubuque Public Works Director

Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen has appointed Arielle Swift as the City’s next public works director. She is currently the City’s assistant public works director and will succeed Public Works Director John Klostermann who will retire in October after more than 48 years with the City of Dubuque.

As public works director, she will be responsible for the operations and performance of the City’s public works department, including maintenance of City infrastructure such as streets/traffic controls, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, flood control system, riverfront, solid waste collection, and operation of the landfill for the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) Board of Directors.

Swift has served as assistant public works director for the City since 2019. In that role, her responsibilities included supervision of 90 personnel during daily operations, analysis of financial and operational data and subsequent report development, budget development and process improvement, and implementation of solid waste collection software. Before joining the public works department, Swift was a member of the City’s budget and finance department from 2015 to 2020. She began as an intern and then worked as an accountant preparing monthly and quarterly investment reports, managing grants, assisting in the preparation of the comprehensive annual financial report, and improving the City’s purchasing and accounts payable process.

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