City Manager's Office Staff
Richard (Rick) Clark, City Manager

On February 6, 2006, Richard Clark was appointed City Manager and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the City. As City Manager, Mr. Clark serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City, supervises all City departments and staff, serves as the primary advisor to the City Council, prepares the operating and capital improvements budgets for final approval, works with state and federal legislative issues, meets with citizens and neighborhood organizations, directs major economic development initiatives, and is the chief negotiator for city government.

Mr. Clark began his career with the City of Des Moines in the City's Planning Department in 1973 after obtaining a B.A. in Business and Economics from Cornell College and a Master Degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University. In 1985, he became the Deputy City Manager. As Deputy City Manager, Mr. Clark was responsible for all economic development activity within the City including the rejuvenation of the downtown, which is currently experiencing over $2 billion in new public and private construction.

 


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.