Public Works

The Public Works Department is the largest department within the City of Joplin. The department employs over 150 individuals that vary in experience and job responsibilities. Public Works is dedicated to making the City's $2.8 billion dollars' worth of buildings, roads, sewers, sidewalks, trails, and other public infrastructure safe and reliable. The department's annual budget of about $28-$30 million dollars and personnel maintain over 433 miles of sanitary sewer mains, approximately 8,150 sewer manholes, 378 miles of streets, 200 miles of storm sewer and ditch/channels, approximately 2,800 inlets/catch basins, and over 35 buildings/facilities plus the City's equipment.

What does the Operations Division do for you?

The Operations Division provides essential and a wide variety of public services that are vital to our community and are essential in our citizens’ everyday lives.  Some of these services included, but are not limited to: public safety, maintaining and sustaining city streets, alleys and right-of-ways (ROWS), maintaining signage & signals, conducting small construction projects, bridge maintenance, sanitary sewers, public buildings, the Airport operations, public transportation, managing special events in the City and solid waste management.  The Operations Divisions are among the first responders during emergencies and disasters, working to restore essential services, continuing the work long after first responders have departed the scene in order to ensure the restoration of the infrastructure.   It is vital for Public Works Operations to preserve services that directly affect the health, safety and comfort of this community for this and future generations.

What does the Engineering Division do for you?

The Joplin Engineering Division is responsible for the management of the planning, design, and construction for all Public Works projects within the City's public right-of-way.  Projects may include road construction and improvements, traffic signals, street signs and lights, or sanitary and storm sewer improvements.  The Engineering Division also is responsible for establishing the City's standards and specifications for construction within the public right-of-way to ensure projects are built to the Public's best interests.  The Engineering Division works in cooperation with many other City Departments/Divisions to ensure compliance with access and drainage requirements in the planning and maintenance of developments throughout the City. 


David Hertzberg
​Director of Public Works
602 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801
​Ph: (417) 624-0820
Fx: (417) 625-4738
​Business Hours
​Monday - Friday
​8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Dan Johnson
​Assistant Director of Public Works - Engineering
​602 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801
​Ph: (417) 624-0820
​Fx: (417) 625-4738

Lynden Lawson
​​Assistant Director of Public Works - Operations
​602 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 ​
​Ph: (417) 624-0820 ​
​Fx: (417) 625-4738