City Manager's Office Staff
Scott Sanders, City Manager

 Scott Sanders was appointed as City Manager in September of 2014 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City. Mr. Sanders supervises Department Directors, serves as the primary advisor to the City Council, directs major economic development initiatives, and is the chief negotiator for the City.  He 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.  Previous appointments include serving on the MFPRSI (Police and Fire Pension) Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Wastewater Reclamation Authority, ex-official on Des Moines Airport Authority Board and Iowa League of Cities Executive Board.   Mr. Sanders received 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.


Carl Metzger, Deputy City Manager

Carl Metzger was appointed Deputy City Manager in November 2014. He has over 39 years of local government experience. Mr. Metzger’s previous experience serving for 27 years as City Manager for Ankeny, Iowa, prior to working for the City of Des Moines.

As Deputy City Manager, Carl works closely with the City Manager to align Des Moines strategic priorities with operational efficiencies. His areas of responsibility include Innovation, Performance Measures, Intergovernmental Initiatives, and Neighborhood Initiatives.

Mr. Metzger earned his Master’s degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in political science from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas.

Departments reporting to the Deputy City Manager include:

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Fleet Operations
  • Facilities
  • Parks and Recreation


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.


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.


Joshua V. Barr, Esq., LGBTQ Liaison

Joshua V. Barr is a native of Sumter, SC. He earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in the area of Management from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC in 2003. Upon obtaining his B.S. degree, Joshua went on to pursue his Juris Doctorate at the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school his area of concentration was business & corporate law. Joshua graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May of 2007. Upon graduating and becoming a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Joshua became a general practice attorney at the Barr Law Firm. In 2008, Joshua decided to further his education and business knowledge by studying at the Smeal College of Business MBA Program at Pennsylvania State University.

After graduating in 2010, Joshua moved to Colombia, South America to conduct research on institutional corruption at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Javeriana University), publishing the articles: A Legal Perspective on Corruption Models and The Evolution of Business Law in Colombia: Is it Possible to End Colombia’s Legal Dependency? Joshua later became a professor at Javeriana University teaching International Business and Law courses. He also served as the International Legal Consultant for Corn Products International Andina (now known as Ingredion) and the Director of Education for the foundation GSC Ingles Para Todos (GSC English for Everyone). After two fantastic and thought-stimulating years in Colombia, Joshua returned to the United States to address social issues in his native state of South Carolina. From 2013 to 2015, Joshua worked as a civil rights attorney and the State Fair Housing Director at the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.

Joshua presently works as the Director of the Civil & Human Rights Department for the City of Des Moines. With the Civil & Human Rights Commission, Joshua works to eliminate and prevent discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, municipal practices, and public accommodations in order to make Des Moines a model city.