2015 Joe Lukehart Award – Kandi Reindl
Excepted from award presentation
The Joe Lukehart Professional Service Award was created to recognize outstanding contributions to the development and support of the city management profession in Iowa. This award is named in honor of Joe Lukehart, who served as President of the Iowa City Management Association in 1981-1982. Joe served as City Manager in Webster City from 1974 to 1982 and played an instrumental role in enhancing the professional development efforts of Iowa’s city managers and assistants.
The award is presented to individuals who have promoted or enhanced the city/county management profession in Iowa, and who have made outstanding contributions to the Iowa City/County Management Association. Additionally, the award is given to individuals responsible for promoting the professional development of Iowa’s City/County Management Association, and is presented during the Iowa Municipal Management Institute. The Joe Lukehart Professional Service award is not presented on an annual basis since it is designed to recognize exceptional contributions to the development of the city/county management profession and the state association.
This year we recognize an individual who has been serving in local government administration for 24 years. As an active and engaged member of the Iowa City/County Management Association, she has demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the organization through her unfailing desire to encourage newer members of the profession to become members. That encouragement is best demonstrated by the number of new members she has recruited from within her own city organization.
She has served as president of the Iowa City/County Management Association, as a member of the ICMA Conference Planning Committee, and as a mentor for many of the growing number of women in the profession. She is a strong, kind, and positive leader within the organization. She has done much to promote the assistant’s role in city management. The 2015 Lukehart recipient has reinforced the importance of this position within the Iowa City/County Management Association as well as within her own community.
This year’s recipient began her career in local government serving the Planning Department and worked her way up to the City Manager’s Office. As Assistant to the City Manager, she has built the special events program in her community into a full-time role which now oversees more than 200 street events annually, including the Hy-Vee Triathlon and RAGBRAI. She serves as the liaison to the Police, Clerk, and Legal Departments, staffs the City Council’s Legislative Subcommittee as well as the Metropolitan Advisory Council. She is an active member of the Metropolitan Managers group. Her positive, can-do attitude and welcoming smile embody the commitment she has to her work and to the city management profession.
Please join me in recognizing and congratulating our 2015 Joe Lukehart Award winner – Kandi Reindl.
Past Joe Lukehart Award Winners
Clarence Krepps—1989 Tim Shields—1990 Bob Layton—1992
Pat Callahan—1993 Steve Schainker—1994 Bob Kindred—1996
Bob Hays—1998 Tim Moerman—1999 Paul Wenbert—2001
Jeff Kooistra—2002 Tim Zisoff—2003 Jeff Schott—2004
Dennis Henderson—2005 William F. Sueppel—2006 Decker Ploehn—2007
Judy Slezak—2008 Michael C. Van Milligan—2009 Richard J. Crayne—2010
Dick Schrad – 2011 Marketa Oliver – 2012 Jeff Mark – 2013
Gerald Clausen – 2014
IaCMA Summer Conference
The 2015 IaCMA Summer Conference will take place July 15-17 at the Pzazz Resort Hotel in Burlington. Conference registration and a tentative agenda will be available later this month. Full conference registration for IaCMA members is $155. Hotel reservations can be made now by calling 1-800-373-1223; referencing (IaCMA) with the room block code of 1507IALEAG. Room rates under the block start at $89.
ICMA and IaCMA Summer Conference Stipends
IaCMA has money remaining in its conference scholarship line item for the current fiscal year. IaCMA will provide at least 4 registrations for the Summer Conference in Burlington. In addition, IaCMA has budgeted up to $2500 in FY16 for members to attend the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference. This year the ICMA conference will be in Seattle September 27-30, more information on the conference can be found here. I will also point out that registration opens June 4 and the price of registration will increase on July 16 for the ICMA Conference.
It is the intention of IaCMA to award at least four $625 stipends. If you are interested in being considered for both or either stipend, please provide a one paragraph request with your name, title, city, number of years in the profession and previous ICMA conferences that you have attended. Please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon on Thursday, May 21. The decision will be made soon after the deadline by a committee of the IaCMA Board. Let Mark Tomb know if you have any questions.
North Central – Ron Dunt, City Manager, Hampton
We have scheduled a luncheon get-together for the NC Iowa Managers for Friday, May 15th at the Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill in Mason City starting at 11:30 a.m.
We hope you can attend and please forward this to any new manager/administrator that I may have missed or a manager/administrator from an adjoining region who may like to attend.
Seattle in September
ICMA has set up a page at the conference website that includes, blurbs, conference logos, video, and other collateral that shares information about the Annual Conference.
Conference Scholarships – Deadline May 22 …for those who have not gone before, here is your chance! Also check with IaCMA for scholarships.
Conference Registration Rates and Deadlines – June 4 at noon EST
Conference Contest – Register Early to Win and Alaska Cruise or San Juan Islands Experience Package
Stay Connected – Social Media
Hope you all can make it to Seattle in September!