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Legal Staff Assignments by Area of Expertise

The various areas of work performed by the Legal Department are arranged in alphabetical order.  Next to the area of expertise is the lawyer and/or legal assistant who usually works in the area.

Area of ExpertiseStaff
Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Tax SalesBethany Hempel
Building Code Enforcement
(Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing)
Jessica D. Spoden
Civil Rights Complaints
Douglas Philiph (not against the City of Des Moines)
Carol J. Moser (City of Des Moines as Respondent)
Civil Litigation - Code EnforcementJessica D. Spoden
Civil Litigation - Other than Code EnforcementCarol J. Moser
Shellie Mackel
John O. Haraldson
Luke DeSmet
Claims and InvestigationsRyan Uetz
Code Enforcement
Building Code
Housing Code
Neighborhood Inspection Zoning Ordinance
Jessica D. Spoden
Victoria Cresta
CollectionsRyan Uetz/Lisa Mickey
Community Development Block Grant
"CDBG" Programs
Glenna K. Frank
Criminal ProsecutionLawrence F. Dempsey
Economic DevelopmentLarry McDowell
Roger K. Brown
Thomas G. Fisher Jr.
Glenna K. Frank
Enterprise Community Steering CommitteeAnn DiDonato
Environmental MattersKathy Vanderpool
Home Investment Partnership Program
("HOME")
Glenna K. Frank
Intellectual PropertyAnn DiDonato
PersonnelCarol J. Moser
Property Acquisition and Eminent Domain
and Condemnation
General - Lisa A. Wieland
Economic Development - Glenna K. Frank
Eminent Domain Appeals -
Leases and Property Management – Lisa A. Wieland
Property Supervision
Property Management
General City Property – Lisa A. Wieland
City Park Property - Ann DiDonato
Prosecution, Traffic & CriminalLawrence F. Dempsey
Public InformationAnn DiDonato
PurchasingKathy Vanderpool
Ann DiDonato
Tort Litigation (Other than code enforcement)Carol J. Moser
Lawrence F. Dempsey
Traffic Code
Traffic Enforcement
Lawrence F. Dempsey
Traffic and TransportationKathy Vanderpool
Workers CompensationLuke DeSmet
Shellie Mackel
John O. Haraldson
Carol J. Moser (411)
ZoningAdministration – Roger K. Brown/Glenna K. Frank
Enforcement - Jessica D. Spoden