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IaCMA News – May 2017

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IaCMA Newsletter Information
May 2017
Spring Membership Updates

Forest City is new home for Barbara Smith

Smith was recently appointed as city administrator in Forest City. She previously served in the same position in Laurens.

Matthew Brooke is the new city administrator in Clinton

Brooke left his position as the Senior Manager of Corporate Services at REG, Inc. in Ames to replace former City Administrator Jessica Kinser. After serving in the United States Army for 22 years, this will be Brooke’s first public administration position. Brooke is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and recently completed his Masters of Business Administration program at Iowa State University.

Andrew Kida takes Camanche city administrator position

Andrew previously served in the Navy and attended Northern Illinois University. He holds an MPA from Ashford University.  Andrew served on the Ashton City Council from 2009 to 2013.  His service included work on the Cemetery Board and the Community and Economic Development Board for the city. Be sure to ask him about old 78 vinyl records.

Jessica Kinser is appointed to Marshalltown city administrator post

After serving as the administrator in Griswold, Jessica became the finance officer for Clinton, then promoted to city administrator there. She served Clinton as administer for over three years before moving to Marshalltown.

Brian Wagner leaves Maquoketa

Brian Wagner has left his post in Maquoketa after 19 years as city manager.
Wagner stated in Quad City Times article, “There will be a positive outcome for the city and me. I’d like to think in the 19 years I’ve been here, I’ve helped a lot of people.” Best wishes Brian.

Jason Peters begins new career in Okoboji

Jason Peters was hired as the new city administrator in Okoboji after a legal career. He began his duties in December.

Newton hires Matthew Muckler as their new city administer

Matthew Muckler was unanimously chosen from a pool of finalists. Muckler comes to Newton from West Branch where he has served as city administrator since May 2010. Prior to his time in West Branch, Muckler was the assistant to the town manager in Buckeye, Ariz. and a council administrator in Vigo County, Ind.

Todd Kilzer retires from city of Madrid

City Administrator Todd Kilzer has retired from Madrid. Kilzer has served Madrid for almost 23 years.
Best wishes Todd.

Cindy Steinhauser to accept position as city manager in Frankfort, KY

Dubuque Assistant City Manager Cindy Steinhauser has accepted the city manager position for Frankfort, Kentucky. She will leave employment with the City of Dubuque in early June and begin the new position on June 8. Steinhauser is a Dubuque native and Loras College graduate. She has been employed with the City of Dubuque since 1995 and has served as assistant city manager since 2001.
A farewell reception will be held May 31, 5:30 pm at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

Benjamin Champ named as city manager in Pleasant Hill

Current assistant city manager of Pleasant Hill, Benjamin Champ, will be named the new city manager when current city manager Don Sandor retires at the end of June. Champ had previously served as interim city manager issues a few years ago.

ICMA Coaching Program webinars qualify for ICMA Credentialing Program credit.

We are pleased to announce that the ICMA Coaching Program webinars now qualify for credit in the ICMA Credentialing Program. The webinars in 2017 address 12 of the 18 ICMA practice areas. Each webinar registration notes the relevant practices. Registration for all webinars is available at http://icma.org/coachingwebinars. Here’s a quick summary of the 2017 webinars and the associated practices:

  • “Effective Communication of Complex Issues to the Public” September 7, 2017
    Practice 8 (Democratic Advocacy and Public Engagement), 15 (Presentation Skills), and 16 (Media Relations)
  • “Strategies for Having Difficult Conversations” October 11, 2017
    Practice 1 (Staff Effectiveness) and 12 (Human Resources Management)
  • “Tools to Resolve Tough Issues in Your Community” November 9, 2017
    Practice 2 (Policy Facilitation) and 14 (Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication)

ICMA is a big network of small communities (the majority of ICMA members work in small and mid-size communities) – through ICMA membership you have affordable access to information, resources, and leading practices to help you strengthen your organization.

Learn more about ICMA membership (or join online) at http://icma.org, contact membership@icma.org to request a membership information packet, or call 800-745-8780 with any questions.

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