DeKALB – The city of DeKalb has a new engineer who wants to work with other municipalities and institutions in the region to improve area infrastructure.
John Laskowski, 36, of DeKalb, started in January, but was officially hired by the DeKalb City Council on Monday. Laskowski replaces former city engineer Joel Maurer, who retired at the end of November. Laskowski’s annual salary is $96,839.
As city engineer, Laskowski will lead the engineering department, which oversees maintenance and construction of the city’s streets, alleys, bike paths, sidewalk, bridges, traffic signals, street lights and storm sewers.
Laskowski, a Woodridge native, comes from the city of Sycamore, where he worked as the city engineer for eight years. He currently is pursing a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University and expects to graduate in 2015.
Before studying at NIU, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, followed by a master’s degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University.
“This opportunity combines civil engineering and public administration, which I really enjoy,” Laskowski said.
The Kishwaukee River Bike Path connection is the project that has most piqued his interest. The project will connect the bike path in DeKalb from the Northern Illinois University across Lincoln Highway. The project will be part of his larger focus on working with the entities in and around DeKalb.
“I’m really looking forward to coming together to accomplish some regional goals,” he said.