Human Resource Office Staff
James R. Wells, SPHR
Human Resources Director

James Wells, as the Human Resources Director for the City of Des Moines, directs the work of the City's Human Resources Department, which is a full-service department including, recruitment and selection of all City employees, labor and employee relations, payroll and employee benefits, employee development, workers’ compensation, occupational health and the human resources information system.

He has gained over 20 years of experience in human resources, occupational health, and public administration with the City of Johnston and Metro Waste Authority. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration-Human Resource from Drake University and a Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has been awarded the title of Certified Labor Relations Professional.


Amanda Spieker
Human Resources Assistant - Civil Service


Lisa Pederson
Human Resources Assistant

Heather Brady, PHR
Human Resources Manager

Heather began her career in Human Resources in 2005 with Hagie Manufacturing Company in Clarion, Iowa as the Human Resources Recruiter and Generalist. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Finance from Buena Vista University.


Kenan L. Miller
Employee Development Specialist


Jeanette Kirkpatrick
Human Resources Generalist - Benefits Administration


Linda Harris
Human Resources Generalist - HRMS/Payroll


Allison Lambert
Human Resources Generalist 


Vivone Abdel-Razeq
Human Resources Generalist
Bekki Bowden
Compensation Specialist