The City of Asheville is fortunate to have an entire staff of dedicated, experienced team members, working hard each day to bring its best to the community and keep day to day operations of the city moving.
We know we have amazing individuals working for our community, but it’s nice when those efforts are recognized outside Asheville.
During the City Council meeting this week (Oct. 11) City Manager Debra Campbell was pleased to recognize Public Works Fleet Manager Jake Klodt. Jake has the honor of being named as the 2022 Fleet Manager of the Year for the state of North Carolina by the NC Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).
Jake joined the City in 2012. He was promoted to Fleet Manager in the Public Works Department in 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home was not an option for Fleet Management mechanics. Employees had to continue working on site to repair essential vehicles and equipment for emergency responders, sanitation, and water. Jake was diligent in keeping his employees and customers safe, and implemented many safety procedures and regulations.
The Covid virus never spread among Fleet employees. Fleet was able to keep all City departments on the road in safe, maintained vehicles and equipment.
Public Works Department Director, Greg Shuler – also there at the City Council meeting Tuesday, says Jake truly embodies the essence of the Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Congratulations Jake on winning this prestigious award and recognition for yourself, the Public Works Department and the City of Asheville.