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City Manager's Office Staff


Scott Sanders, City Manager

The Des Moines City Council appointed Scott Sanders as the new City Manager in September. Sanders, age 43, joined the City of Des Moines in 2011 as Finance Director and most recently served as Assistant City Manager. He has a strong background in city management with an emphasis on finance, budgets and administration. He has experience working with the Iowa Legislature and is familiar with the city and its neighborhoods. Sanders says his first order of business is to work closely with the Mayor and Council to develop a strategic plan for service delivery and setting goals for the future.

Des Moines is a fabulous community with a high quality of life and great public amenities. We have gained national recognition by working hard and taking innovative and new approaches to better our community. Downtown Des Moines development has transformed the skyline and the landscape and we can all be proud of central Iowa’s urban center. I am researching options to broaden development and spur revitalization efforts in our neighborhoods with thoughtful input from our citizens,” he added.

Scott Sanders is a Council Bluff native. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning also from Iowa State. He has worked as a Senior Managing Consultant at Public Financial Management; as the Finance Director for the City of Council Bluffs; Assistant City Manager and Finance Director for the City of West Des Moines. Scott also served in the Iowa National Guard. He is married with two children.


Kandi Reindl, Assistant to the City Manager

Kandi began working for the City of Des Moines in 1991 as an intermediate clerk typist in the City's Planning Dept. Kandi obtained her B.A. in Business Management from William Penn College in 1999 and in June, 1999 became an Administrative Analyst in the City Manager's Office. She was named Assistant to the City Manager in 2004.

Kandi's main responsibilities include representing the City Manager's Office on the Neighborhood Based Service Delivery (NBSD) Team, assisting the City Council Legislative Subcommittee, staffing the Metropolitan Advisory Council (MAC), managing special projects such as the Hy-Vee Triathlon and assisting the Mayor and Council responding to the concerns of the citizens of Des Moines.


Joyce Warburton, Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Joyce has been with the City Manager's Office since January, 1990. She received her Associate Degree in the Office Technology Program at Des Moines Area Community College in 1998, and is presently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In May 1998, Joyce received certification as a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS).


Laura Graham, Assistant to the City Manager

Laura joined the City of Des Moines in 2008. For the last two years she has worked in the Office of Economic Development working with small businesses impacted by the 2008 floods and various development projects. Laura joined the City Manager’s Office in July. She currently serves as a liaison to city departments and to members of the City Council. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration from Iowa State University.


Amelia Hamilton-Morris, Chief Communications Officer

Amelia Hamilton-Morris is a Communications Strategist with 20 years of experience in high profile public relations, broadcasting, and marketing positions. Over the years, she has built a reputation as an aggressive professional, noted for the ability to get results and communicate effectively with a broad range of audiences. She has spent several years as a television reporter and producer for KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas, where she won numerous awards for her work on the state, national, and international levels. Amelia has also worked for NBC Network in Washington, DC, and WOI-TV-5 in Des Moines, as well as in corporate communications for Fortune 500 companies.

Hamilton-Morris had outstanding success in managing a statewide public relations campaign as the Public Relations Director of the Iowa Sesquicentennial Commission. The commission was led by two Iowa governors with a charge to plan and manage the yearlong celebration of Iowa’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. Her career skills include coordinating a range of projects -- marketing, promotions, publications, video production, on-camera talent, project management, media relations, event planning, and web site design and content.

In her present position as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Des Moines, she manages the Public Information Office under the direct supervision of the City Manager. She directs the activities for the City's Cable Channel 7, web site, media relations, employee communications, event planning, and speech writing.

Amelia Hamilton-Morris received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Masters of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University in Washington, DC. Her professional recognition includes:

Outstanding Iowa Advocate Award, Public Relations Society of America, Central Iowa

Iowa Tourism Conference, Special Event of the Year Award, Festival of Iowa Folklife

Movies to Go Iowa Film Award, My Iowa Video, Sesquicentennial Category Winner

National Governors’ Association for Distinguished Service to the Arts

Citation of Excellence, Advertising Professionals of Des Moines

Bronze Quill Award, Iowa Chapter, International Association of Business Communicators

Citation of Excellence, Advertising Professionals of Des Moines

National Unity Award in Media, Educational Reporting

Silver Award, Houston International Film Festival

UPI Broadcasters of Texas Award of Excellence

Silver Star of Texas for Excellence in Health Communications

Anson Jones Award for Excellence in Communicating Health Information to the Public

Sigma Theta Tau Award from the Texas Nursing Association

Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Award

Women at Work Broadcast Award

Outstanding Young Women in America

Gold Quill Award of Excellence, International Association of Business Communicators

Who's Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities


Shekinah Young, Communications Specialist

Shekinah Young has been with the City of Des Moines’ Public Information Office (PIO) since March, 2008 when she began working as a communications fellow.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University, she earned a full time position as a Communications Specialist in PIO. Shekinah worked tirelessly with the Public Information Office, prior to and during the Flood of 2008. She has also served as a fellow at Des Moines Waterworks. Optimism, determination, and a positive attitude are what drive Shekinah to continue her work with excellence, serving the citizens of Des Moines daily.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Communications Officer, Shekinah’s responsibilities in the Public Information Office consist of coordinating video productions, producing programs for DMTV, directing monthly LIVE broadcasts of City board meetings, contributing writer and editor in the City-wide publication CitySource and programming for DMTV Cable Channel 7. She is also responsible for preparing and distributing press releases, media advisories and maintaining public awareness of departmental and city programs.

Shekinah has been very involved with the Des Moines community as a mentor of Youth Achievers Program, co-founder of the Back to School Bash, graduate of the Donald V. Adams Leadership Academy, core team volunteer in organizing for America and held various leadership positions while at Drake University. Shekinah brings her commitment to excellence, positive nature, leadership abilities and community service focus to the City of Des Moines. She is a native of Chicago Illinois.