• One of the Best Places for Business and Careers

    Forbes magazine has recognized Des Moines as one of the best places for business and careers in their 2014 rating of communities. This includes cost of doing business, job growth, and education as factors.

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  • Re-Discover the Coolest Place in Town: Your Library!

    Check out these summer reading events at the Des Moines Public Library

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  • Rain Barrel Give-Away

    The City of Des Moines is giving residents a chance at winning a Rain Barrel! All you have to do is complete the short online survey to enter for your chance to win. There will be 3 lucky winners announced the week of August 11th. Good luck and thanks for participating. The deadline to complete the survey is August 10th.

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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.

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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

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  • #1 Up-and-Coming Downtown

    Fortune magazine names Des Moines number one "up-and-coming" downtown.

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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.

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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.

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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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General Information

The City of Des Moines Legal Department represents the City of Des Moines including the City Council and the various 
municipal Boards and Commissions.  In addition, the Legal Department also represents City employees in work-related litigation.

 

Departmental Mission

To provide timely and accurate legal advice to the City Council, City Manager, City Clerk, city departments and employees.

 

The Department is headed by the City Attorney, Jeffrey D. Lester, who is appointed by the Council.

 

The Municipal Code of the City of Des Moines is available online. It is fully searchable and downloadable. The Code is maintained by an organization called the Municipal Code Corporation on a website that contains many other municipal codes as well.