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.
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.