Meet the Utilities Director
Roy Hesemann has served the City of Cedar Rapids for more than two decades, boasting a career spanning over 35 years of engineering, management and education work in the water and wastewater treatment sectors. Prior to being appointed to the Utilities Director position in 2021, Hesemann served as the City's Water Pollution Control Plant Manager, Water Utility Plant Manager, Project Engineer, and Interim Water Utility Plant Manager — all within the Utilities Department.
In his time with the City of Cedar Rapids, Hesemann has overseen several capital improvement projects, including construction of various drinking water collector wells; J Avenue and Northwest Water Plant UV disinfection; 5-in-1 Dam renovations, WPC incinerator repairs; WPC flood recovery and drinking water well field recovery following the 2008 flood; and the recent odorous air removal project at WPC.
Hesemann also serves as an adjunct instructor at Des Moines Area Community College where he provides Continuing Education and instruction for Water and Wastewater Operators for the Water Environment Technology Program.
Hesemann grew up in Missouri, but has lived most of this professional life in the Cedar Rapids area. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. He is active in several watershed organizations across Iowa and Nationally.