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The City of Waukee would like to thank outgoing Waukee Public Works Director John Gibson for 20 years of incredible service to the community. Gibson’s career and achievements were celebrated at a public open house on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Waukee Public Works Building. Colleagues reminisced and told stories about working with John. Mayor Bill Peard read a proclamation, presented and plaque, and handed over an official Key to the City.
“John’s strong guidance, experience and expertise over the last 20 years is a major reason why Waukee is in the enviable position we enjoy today,” said Mayor Peard. “But his leadership was also a springboard for where Waukee lands tomorrow.”
Since 1998, Gibson was in charge of planning, developing, implementing and coordinating the ongoing activities of all divisions and projects under the Public Works Department umbrella. He started with four employees and retired with 35 in the department. Just a few of the many public improvement projects during John’s tenure with the City of Waukee include the widening of University Avenue, Hickman Road and Alice’s Road; planning and construction of Grand Prairie Parkway and the I-80 Interchange; design and construction of the Public Works Building; and the installation and maintenance of countless miles of sewer, water and gas service mains.
Gibson was joined at his retirement party by peers, friends and several family members. He addressed the crowd briefly, making sure to thank his wife Wanda for her support of his busy work schedule throughout the years. About his departure, Gibson said he has mixed feelings. “I’m sad to leave because I have enjoyed working with such amazing people,” he said. “But, I’m also happy because now every day will be a Saturday!”
John is a Cedar Valley High School graduate. Prior to working for the City of Waukee, he spent 20 years as the City of Glidden’s Public Works Director. John and his wife have three children and eight grandchildren. He will now have more time to go camping and attend his grandchildren’s activities. We wish him well as he embarks on this next chapter!