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IaCMA regional news

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:
Northwest –Scott Wynja, City Manager, Sioux Center
The Northwest Region will be meeting in Spencer on Friday, November 16, 2018
details coming soon.

North –Steve Diers, City Administrator, Charles City
The North Region will be meeting in Humboldt on Friday, December 7, 2018
details coming soon but will include a guided tour of Humboldt’s new recreation facility.

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Regional Manager Meetings

The North Iowa Managers group (NIMRODS) is meeting Friday, August 24 at River Oaks on the Winnebago Rally Grounds.  The meeting is at noon for lunch and a tour of Winnebago Industries will follow.  The event is hosted by Barb Smith, City Administrator in Forest City.

The Northeast Iowa Regional Managers group is meeting on Thursday, September 6 in Oelwein. The group, hosted by Oelwein City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger, will meet at “Delish at Decades”, 25 South Frederick Avenue. The main discussion topic will be affordable housing and housing initiatives.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

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Nominations Now Open for Manager of the Year.

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 who’s creative contributions to professional local government management increases public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in our communities.


  • To be considered for the Manager of the Year Award, the chief administrator must be a full (voting) IaCMA member.
  • Candidate must be employed as the chief appointed administrative officer in a municipality.
  • Candidate 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.

Please include a brief, descriptive narrative.  Complete Sections 1 and 2 of the nomination cover sheet and staple it in front of the narrative.  The narrative should demonstrate how the chief administrator has made significant contributions to the governmental entity served as demonstrated by:

Contributions to the municipality that he/she serves

  • Enacted policies or practices that have enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of their municipality
  • Leadership & Management Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development Activities
  • Professionalism & Integrity
  • Employee Development
  • Community and Civic Service
  • Public Stewardship
  • Self-Management

Contributions to the ICMA/IaCMA

  • Serving as an officer, committee member or volunteer
  • Serving as a workshop presenter or meeting facilitator for training sessions
  • Serving as a mentor
  • Publishing articles
  • Developing survey, studies or reports
  • Achieving professional certifications or designations

The IaCMA Manager of the Year will be awarded during the IaCMA reception at the Iowa League of Cities Conference. The deadline for nomination is August 15, 2018. Nomination forms may be requested from Brent Hinson or from the Iowa League of Cities.

Submitting Your Nomination
Applications of each descriptive narrative with the nomination form stapled on top to be received at the Iowa League of Cities by close of business on August 15th.

Attention: IaCMA Awards Committee
Iowa League of Cities
500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101
Des Moines, IA  50309-4111
Nominations can be e-mailed to:  IaCMA’s Professional Awards Committee at bhinson@washingtoniowa.gov

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
2014       Elizabeth Hansen – Nevada
2015       Jessica Kinser – Clinton
2016       Jeff Pomeranz – Cedar Rapids
2017       Aaron Burnett – Keokuk

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50th Anniversary of Home Rule

2018 is HomeRuleLogothe 50th Anniversary of the Home Rule Amendment to the Iowa State Constitution. This transitioned Iowa from a Dillon’s Rule state, where local government powers are derived exclusively from the state legislature, to a Home Rule state where local government powers are derived from the State Constitution.

The League is encouraging each city in Iowa to help celebrate this important milestone. Specifically, the League is asking each city to have a proclamation regarding this anniversary and the significance of Home Rule. Below is more information on this exciting celebration including a sample proclamation. The League would also like a copy of your proclamation sent to mailbox@iowaleague.org.

City Toolkit Including Sample Proclamation
More Information on this Celebration


Steve Diers to become next IaCMA president.

From the Charles City Press
By Thomas Nelson
Used with permission and excerpted from the Charles City Press.

Charles City Administrator Steven Diers is the president-elect of the Iowa City/County Managers Association.

“It’s an honor that I’ve been selected to serve and I’m looking forward to doing that,” Diers said.

Diers was elected in March and will take office in July. “This is our state organization. Each state has its own organization of city managers and city administrators,” Diers said. “I’ve been serving for the last three years now. I was nominated and voted in to be the president-elect.”

The organization helps facilitate mentor-ship programs and serve as a networking hub for others in the profession of city managing and administration.

“We have two conferences that we put on to help build relationships across the state and also build that skill set,” Diers said. “As president, I oversee that group.”

The IaCMA board meets quarterly.

Diers said he made sure before accepting the position that he wouldn’t have a major time commitment. He was told by the current president that it’s only an email or phone call or two extra a month.

“You do get questions and emails from other city managers from across the state,” Diers said.

When Diers was starting out as a city administrator in 2004 he often emailed other association members questions, he said.

“This is a nice spot for me to be able to give back to those people and profession and my colleagues,” Diers said.

“I’ve been a member of IaCMA since I first got into the profession in 2004, so going on about 14 years,” Diers said. He’s been serving on the IaCMA board for a couple of years now as well.

“We each kind of take our turn to take on the role as president and serve a year,” Diers said. “It’s a great resource for city managers, city administrators and even city clerks across the state.”

A lot of what city managers and administrators do is unique, Diers said.

“To have to somebody in another community that experienced those things and how they dealt with them is worth its weight in gold,” he said. “If somebody’s already doing it, then why reinvent the wheel?”

Being associated with the IaCMA gets Diers closer to what’s happening around the state, Diers said.

“You can share your community experiences,” he said. “It’s a nice honor and it’s something I’m looking forward to.”

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IaCMA – April 2018

Kim Downs and Angie Charipar receive “Women of Influence” awards from Corridor Business Journal

Kim Downs of Hiawatha and Angie Charipar of Cedar Rapids are among ten woman being recognized for their influence, leadership, and community involvement by the Corridor Business Journal.

Downs and Charipar will receive recognition at a special reception on April 12, 2018 in Cedar Rapids. The annual Women of Influence award is given to women who have made a difference in their profession and communities in the Corridor. Nominations are sought through a public process and honorees are selected by a panel of the previous year’s recipients. For more information: https://www.corridorbusiness.com/events/women-of-influence/

Downs has worked in the City of Hiawatha since 2005 and has been the city’s administrator since 2013.

Charipar has worked for the City of Cedar Rapids since 2009 and has been the city’s Assistant to the Manager since 2013. Angie was the IaCMA 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year recipient.

Congratulations Kim and Angie on your success.









Nominations are now open for the IaCMA Emerging Leader award and Program of the Year award.

The IaCMA’s Emerging Leader Award is presented to a local government and the chief administrator or assistant chief administrator in recognition of his/her innovate and successful programs.

To be considered for the Program of the Year Award, the local government’s chief administrator must be a full (voting) IaCMA member.  Each program nomination must be independent and cannot be a component of another program.  Eligible programs must be:

  • Administered under the authority of one or more governmental entities, with only limited outside assistance from experts/consultants
  • Currently be in operation and have been fully implemented within the last 3 years.
  • Must demonstrate tangible results

Submitting Your Nomination
Mail a copy of the descriptive narrative with the nomination form stapled on top to be received at the Iowa League of Cities by close of business on April 15.

Mail to:
Attention:  IaCMA Awards Committee
500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101
Des Moines, IA  50309-4111

Questions should be e-mailed to:  IaCMA’s Professional Awards Committee at: bhinson@washingtoniowa.gov.

Emerging Leader past recipients
2008 Jason Metten- Hawarden
2009 Luke Nelson- Boone
2010 Doug Boldt- Tipton
2011 Josh Heggen- Windsor Heights
2012 Larry Burks- Onawa
2013 Matt McQuillen- Clive
2014 Chelsea Huisman- Center Point
2015 Laura Graham- Des Moines
2016 Amanda Kaufman- Marion
2017 Angie Charipar- Cedar Rapids
Program of the Year past recipients
2008 Windsor Heights- Colby Park Playground
2009 Not awarded
2010 Windsor Heights- Takin it to the Streets
2011 Not awarded
2012 North Liberty- Paperless Packets
2013 Norwalk- City/School Partnership
2014 Newton’s Future Comprehensive Planning Process
2015 Newton- “Get to Know Newton” Community Outreach Project
2016 Not awarded
2017 Des Moines- Speak Up DSM

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ICMA’s FREE 2018 Coaching Webinars

Upcoming fee webinars and online digital archives are available.

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