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.


Amanda Spieker
Human Resources Assistant - Civil Service


Lisa Pederson
Human Resources Assistant

Phyllis Morris, PHR
Human Resources Analyst

Phyllis began her career in Human Resources in 1979 with the City of Iowa City, Iowa. In 1990, Phyllis was hired by the City of Des Moines, Iowa as a Human Resources Analyst and currently serves in this position. Phyllis possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Industrial Relations from the University of Iowa and is currently certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute-Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

As a Human Resources Analyst, job responsibilities encompass recruiting, testing and selection of candidates for employment, conducting classification and compensation studies, performing job audits to provide comprehensive job analysis and employee relations. 

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.


Katie Bond
Compensation Specialist

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