Dear Editor,

Mike Klimesh has been the Mayor of Spillville for over 20 years and during that time has served on the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Commission, among many other local boards serving his constituents. During his tenure Mike has worked with FEMA after several federally declared disaster declarations which has led to the city of Spillville recouping over one million dollars. Mike most recently assisted four Spillville residents with the FEMA home buy-out process after the 2016 flooding event.  This process allowed for the four affected Spillville homeowners to have a “fresh start” outside of a floodplain. Through Mike’s FEMA leadership, Winneshiek County was also able to assist six affected homeowners with the same buy-out program through the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Commission.

Mike was also instrumental in developing a six-county regional Abbot testing machine idea which was presented to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The six-county regional approach was an effort to have local testing capabilities closer to Northeast Iowa and at the same time save precious medical personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing materials. The idea was supported by Winneshiek, Howard, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Fayette and Clayton Counties. Ultimately the original six-county regional plan was not used in its entirety, but Winneshiek County was complemented by HSEMD on the idea and an Abbot machine was placed at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. 

Mike’s leadership and intergovernmental knowledge is second to none.  

Sean Snyder


Winneshiek County Emergency

Management Director