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Mayor Roy D. Buol
Roy D. Buol was first elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Dubuque, Iowa in November 2005. He was re-elected in 2009 and again in 2013. He previously was elected as Second Ward Representative to the City Council in 1995 and, was re-elected in 1999 and 2003.

Mayor Buol is a Dubuque-native and a 30-year retired employee of John Deere Dubuque Works. Since 2002, he has been Director of the Landscaping & Grounds Department at the University of Dubuque. Mayor Buol holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double-major in Business and Marketing from the University of Dubuque, where he also completed graduate coursework toward a Master of Arts in Communication. He is currently co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and represents Dubuque in the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Council Activities
During his mayoral campaign in 2005, Mayor Buol’s platform was based on “engaging citizens as partners,” and what he heard from thousands of citizens was a consistent theme surrounding water quality, recycling, green space, public transit, cultural vitality, accessibility, and downtown revitalization.  During the first City Council goal-setting session following his election in 2006, Mayor Buol proposed and received the full support of his council colleagues to focus on sustainability as a City top priority, stating “cities that get out in front on sustainability will have competitive economic advantages in the future.”  Sustainability has been a top priority every year since his election. This leadership paved the way for the creation of Sustainable Dubuque, a citizen-engaged process to define sustainability for our community and create a national model for cities under 200,000 in population.  In 2009, Mayor Buol was instrumental in the launch of “Smarter Sustainable Dubuque,” a unique public/private partnership between the City of Dubuque and IBM Research, the division of IBM responsible for its “Smarter Planet” campaign. The project was initiated in September 2009 when the City of Dubuque and IBM announced their intentions to make Dubuque one of the first “smarter” sustainable cities in the U.S.
Mayor Buol
Connected World Magazine named Mayor Buol one of its top ten M2M (Machine to Machine) Pioneers for 2010, a group of leaders who pave the way for ground-breaking innovation and implementation in the world of connected devices and the underlying machine-to-machine technology that powers them. Connected World also named Dubuque one of the seven “Most Connected Locales” in the United States in 2010 and Fast Company named Dubuque one of the 10 Smartest Cities on the Planet in December 2010.

Since Mayor Buol was elected mayor, Dubuque has been named an All-America City three times by the National Civic League (2007, 2012, 2013), the Most Livable Small City by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (2008), the Best Small City to Raise a Family by Forbes (2010), and was named a 2010 third-place finalist and gold-standard community at the International Awards for Livable Communities (LivCom).

During his 16-year tenure as a member of the City Council, Mayor Buol has served on the City’s Long Range Planning Advisory Commission; the Community-Based Task Force on Gangs, Drugs and Youth Violence; the Dubuque Racing Association Board; the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Board; the Dubuque Initiatives Board; Every Child Every Promise Board; Safe Community Task Force; the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation (GDDC) Board and Executive Committee, and as Past Chair of GDDC’s River Valley Initiative Foundation; Chair, Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study Committee; Chair, City Conference Board, and Chair of the City’s 175th Anniversary Planning Committee.

Community Involvement
Mayor Buol’s community involvement includes serving as the City’s spokesperson in multiple venues locally, nationally, and internationally and as guest host for non-profit fundraisers and other significant occasions throughout the community. He serves on the United Way Budget Committee, is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #355, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Dubuque County Historical Society, the Dubuque Museum of Art, and is a long-time supporter of the Grand Opera House and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

Mayor Buol and his wife, Deborah, are parents to four children and grandparents of 10!

Click here to email Mayor Buol () or call 563.564.5455. To contact the entire City Council, click here, and fill out the "Contact Us" form.

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