Iowa City/County Manager Association’s (IaCMA) Joe Lukehart Professional Service Award was created to recognize outstanding contributions to the development and support of the city management profession in Iowa. This award is named in honor of Joe Lukehart, who served as president of the Iowa City Management Association in 1981-1982. Joe served as city manager in Webster City from 1974 to 1982 and played an instrumental role in enhancing the professional development efforts of Iowa’s city managers and assistants. Throughout his career, Joe untiringly demonstrated his deep commitment to the city management profession, the manager form of government, and his colleagues in the Iowa City/County Management Association. During his tenure as president, the association reviewed the mission and established plans for enhanced development programs and membership services and thereby initiated what has become an ongoing process.
The award is presented to individuals who have promoted or enhanced the city/county management profession in Iowa, and who have made outstanding contributions to the Iowa City/County Management Association. Additionally, the award is given to individuals responsible for promoting the professional development of IaCMA.
Kelly has served as the City Administrator in his community for 30 years, a time of unprecedented change and growth, including doubling the city’s population. He serves as a member and president of the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association board; president of the Hawkeye Area Scout Council; the Salvation Army of Iowa City advisory board; the Iowa City Area Development Board and Executive Committee; Iowa City Area Chamber Board and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.
While serving the city of Coralville, he has overseen innumerable projects, including the development of Coral Ridge Mall, $70 million in flood protection funding, extensive brownfield grants that paved the way for the development of the Iowa River Landing.
The Iowa City/County Management Association was established in 1972 with the purpose of increasing the knowledge and ability of the local government managers and administrators, to promote the exchange of information between the members, and support the functions and the aims of the International City Management Association.