Steve Klepper

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Steve Klepper is Administrative Superintendent for the City of Corpus Christi Texas, where he helps the City’s water utilities improve their work and asset management practices and develop service delivery strategies. His current role also involves water financing strategies, cost of service, and water rate design. He earned a Masters Degree, completed coursework necessary for a Ph. D in finance, and over the last twenty years has taught finance, economics and accounting part time as an adjunct in various colleges and universities.

Steve has 30 years of diverse municipal government experience in four different cities including Austin Texas where he served as Acting City Treasurer and Internal Audit Director.He also earned designation by the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Certified Internal Auditor (currently inactive status). In Corpus Christi previous roles included Assistant to the City Manager and Interim Wastewater Collection Systems Superintendent.

Facing the threat of utility privatization during 1999 and 2000, he helped the City Manager orchestrate strategies to become more competitive and avoid utility privatization.Acquired as a tool to overcome competitive obstacles, in 2002 the City began implementing IBM-Maximo as its enterprise-wide computerized work and asset management system.Serving as an “internal consultant” out of the City Manager’s office, Steve was the work practices lead to stand-up Maximo in various departments where he established necessary coding needed to design reports and systems to meet business requirements.By 2008, IBM-Maximo supported all City public works and utility departments, plus Park Operations, Airport, Traffic Engineering, and a City-Wide Citizen One-Call Center.

Over the last five years, Steve has made numerous presentations at annual conferences of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF) and American Public Works Association (APWA).He has also presented at each of the last three annual Maximo user conferences.His 2007-09 submission to Public Technology (PTI) entitled "Using a Computerized Work and Asset Management System Interfaced with GIS to Improve Utility Infrastructure and Customer Service" was a winner in the GIS category. In February 2009 PublicWorks Magazine published his article entitled "Gaining the Competitive Edge", a discussion of the utility re-engineering efforts in Corpus Christi undertaken to avoid privatization.


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Steve Klepper