John M. Keifer
John M. Keifer
John Keifer retired from the City of
Norfolk, Director of Public Works position
on August 1, 2014 after 23 years.
Prior to his service with the City of
Norfolk, he was a Civil Engineer Corps
officer in the U. S. Navy for 20 years.
As the Director of Public Works, John was
responsible for the management of an
operating budget of over $55 million and
managed capital projects with over
$50million of work in place each year. He
led over 400 employees providing services to
the citizens and business of Norfolk
including: design, construction and contract
management of the City’s construction
projects; waste collection including
recycling and hazardous waste collection;
maintenance of streets, sidewalks, traffic
signs and signals; management of the City’s
traffic management system; implantation and
continuing oversight of the City’s storm
water management and flooding program; right
of way management; City surveying services;
and the City’s towing and recovery program.
John was the leader of the City’s flooding
evaluation and planning program that
included a number of extensive studies of
flood susceptible areas in Norfolk;
development of flooding remediation
projects; and pursuit of state and federal
John was assigned as an acting Assistant
City Manager on two occasions and led the
city’s recovery efforts from Hurricane
Isabel and other numerous storms and was the
City’s Program Manager for completion of the
Light Rail project.
While in the Navy, John was assigned duties
involving maintenance and construction of
facilities; contracts, and construction
management; and environmental programs.
John is a registered Profession Engineer in
Virginia and Washington State, has Masters
Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in
Civil Engineering and Public Works
Management and has a degree in Civil
Engineering from Lehigh University.
John was an active member of the American
Public Works Association serving as
president of the Virginia-Maryland-District
of Columbia Chapter.
John and his wife, Jill, have been residents
of Norfolk for 23 years.