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Iowa City / County Management Association

IaCMA Newsletter Information for September / October 2014

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Elizabeth Hansen received IaCMA’s Manager of the Year Award

IaCMA’s Annual Manager of the Year Award honors chief administrators whose accomplishments and superior work performance represent the best possible application of management principles and whose creative contributions to professional local government management increases public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in our communities.

Elizabeth has been the City Administrator for Nevada since October, 2007. During her tenure she has led work on a new City Hall / Public Safety Building, enhanced citizen engagement and communications through updates to the monthly city newsletter and website. Elizabeth has also improved employee relations through use of committees and training. She has worked to stream line and merge the parks, recreation and cemetery departments and tackled the merger of public works into a single department.

Mostly notably and recently, Elizabeth has been the catalyst in the process of merging the police and fire departments into a Public Safety Department at an annual estimated savings of $40,000.

Elizabeth has been a member of the Iowa League of Cities Board of Directors and is active in the Nevada community and has previously served Elk Point, South Dakota where she was the only female City Administrator of the twelve City Administrators in the state at the time and has also served as City Administrator for Jefferson, Iowa.

Please congratulate Elizabeth Hansen on her work and recognition as the 2014 IaCMA Manager of the Year.

To be considered for the Manager of the Year Award, the chief administrator must be a full (voting) IaCMA member.  Candidates must be employed as the chief appointed administrative officer in a municipality.  Candidates must have overall management responsibility and be appointed or confirmed by the legislative body, the elected chief executive and/or the chief appointed administrative officer.

The Association’s past award recipients include:

2007       Mike Van Milligen- Dubuque
2008       Jim Prosser- Cedar Rapids
2009       Carol Ann Diekema- Monroe
2010       Jeff Mark- Altoona
2011       Bill Daily- Belle Plaine
2012       Tom Brownlow- Charles City
2013       Jim Ferneau- Burlington


Reminder that the dates for the 2015 Iowa Municipal Management Institute are March 18 – 20, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.
Conference registration and hotel reservation information will be sent out shortly after the first of the year.

In Regional News

We will try to add information about the regional meetings and events as they happen in this column. If you wish to learn more about your regional activities, please click here for a list of regional coordinators or here for a map of the regions.

Regional News:

South Central –Michael Schrock, City Manager, Oskaloosa
Since last May, 2014 the region has been quite busy.

The region has seen stability in the city administration/management positions when compared to previous years.  They also are keeping an eye on several smaller communities initiate the hiring process for professional managers/administrators.  SCCM is looking forward to reaching out to those individuals as they transition into their positions.

On May 21st SCCM met at The Preserve at Rathbun Lake Golf Course for a traditional meeting to share community issues and accomplishments.  No specific program was arranged for the day.  SCCM then hosted a networking event and preplanning session for the 2014 Summer Conference Golf Tournament.  Great weather and a nice turnout of the membership.

On August 13th SCCM met in Monroe at the Gateway Recreation facility for the usual lunch meeting.  Dylan Feik, former Assistant City Manager of Knoxville shared the community’s experience and lessons learned with addressing Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) mandates received by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  After the presentation, SCCM continued its membership networking with a best ball tournament.

On October 15th SCCM met in Carlisle at Cal’s Fine Food.  A smaller turnout of membership presented an opportunity for more in-depth conversations about community issues, projects and accomplishments.  The group is excited about initiatives happening within the region’s communities.

The next SCCM meeting is scheduled for December 17th in Pella at the Royal Amsterdam Hotel.  The program for the afternoon will be a presentation and tour of Pella’s soon to be completed multi-million dollar indoor pool renovation project.

Southeast – Steve Lindner, City Administrator, DeWitt
The next Bi-State meeting is set for Friday, November 7.

Des Moines Metro – Josh Heggen, Norwalk
McKinlee Ritter
The Des Moines Metro Managers continue to meet on a monthly basis.  The meetings rotate between different cities and different topics.  In August over 20 members met in Johnston and toured the new public safety building.  The new building houses the police department and a fire station, with over 46,000 square feet. The group did not meet in September because of the annual ICMA Conference and the Iowa League of Cities Conference.  Earlier this month the group met in Indianola in the new YMCA.  Dustin Miller from the Iowa League of Cities introduced Robert Palmer, the new League of Cities lobbyist.  He also discussed the updated rules and an upcoming public hearing regarding mixed use commercial/multi-family properties and how they should be taxed.  Presentations were also made by Cementech regarding their continuous cement mixing machines, which is located in Indianola,  as well as the YMCA on the new shared YMCA in Indianola.

Central – Elizabeth Hansen, City Administrator, Nevada
In the last meeting, attendees discussed the latest issues facing Iowa communities and potential speakers for the 2015 ICMA Conference.

Elizabeth is looking for ideas for speakers for when she next meets with the 2015 ICMA conference planning committee.

If you have ideas for potential speakers in the areas of:

  1. Succession Planning:  When your long-term employee might not be the right fit.
  2. Positive Media Relations and Social Networking:  Do you have a Communications Officer?  Advice for those who do and don’t.
  3. Policy Facilitation:  Dealing with one Council Member making things very difficult for the Manager.
  4. Presentation Skills:  Lessons from experts on adult learning (length of presentations, max of slides, etc.)

Please contact Elizabeth Hansen at 515-382-5466 or ehansen@midiowa.net

The next regional meeting is in Jefferson on Friday, November 21st.

Northeast – Beth Bonz, City Administrator, Asbury
Amanda Kaufman, Assistant to the City Manager, Marion
The next meeting for the NE Iowa City Managers will be in Dyersville on December 5, 2014 at noon at Country Junction Restaurant.  The restaurant is located just off the Hwy 20 and Hwy 136 intersection as you go north into Dyersville. 

Tim Shields Endowment Raffle

The winner of the Tim Shields Endowment raffle at the Iowa League of Cities Conference was Lorna Fletcher of Tipton. Congratulations to Lorna. Thank you to all who volunteered at the booth and purchased raffle tickets to support this cause.

The Tim Shields Endowment Fund was created to memorialize and further Tim’s believe in quality municipal government in the state of Iowa. The endowment provides education and leadership development for local elected and appointed officials.

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