Cityscape May 2014 : Page 4

Guest' s Viewpoint l Welcome to New IAMU Executive Director I Troy DeJoode | Executive Director | Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities ing in the municipal world. IAMU exists to support and strengthen Iowa’s municipal utilities. Our membership consists of 540 water utilities, 136 electric utilities, 51 gas utilities and 28 broadband utilities. The League, IAMU and the Iowa State Association of Counties have come together to form the Drug and Alcohol Testing Alliance (DATA) to help our members comply with employee drug and alcohol testing requirements. Our three organizations also sponsor the Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust (IPAIT) to provide competitive and secure investment opportunities for our members. Like the League we also provide a variety of products and services to support the diverse needs of our members. While occasionally there is some overlap in services offered, most of our services are specific to the needs of a municipal utility. In some limited circumstances, IAMU provides services of interest to cities that the League does not, and in others the League provides services that interest our members that we do not. I am looking forward to growing our relationship and collaborating with the League and its members in the future. am very excited to be the new Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU). I have only been on the job since January but my time back in the “muni” world has only served to reinforce what a great decision it was. I appreciate the Iowa League of Cities giving me the opportunity here to introduce myself to the League’s members. Professionally I have always felt like I grew up in the municipal world. As a student at Iowa State University (ISU) I worked during the summers for the Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU). I started out painting fire hydrants and installing water meters. During my last two summers and following graduation I went on to be an engineering intern in CFU’s power plant. After graduating from ISU in electrical engineering, I went to law school at the University of Iowa. I spent the first year after law school in Florida before returning to CFU for eight years as a lawyer and ultimately as the head of human resources. After spending the last eight years in the logistics industry I am very excited to be back work-IAMU Executive Director Troy DeJoode EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Buck Clark, Mayor, Waterloo, (319) 291-4301 l President-elect: Warren Woods, Mayor, Creston, (641) 782-2000 Immediate Past President: Reynold Peterson, Mayor, Spencer, (712) 580-7200 l Past President: Kris Gulick, Council Member, Cedar Rapids, (319) 286-5051 Past President: Ruth Randleman, Mayor, Carlisle, (515) 989-3224 DIRECTORS Patty Anderson, City Clerk/Administrator, Hartley, (712) 928-2240 l Lori Brown, City Clerk, Wilton, (563) 732-2115 l Ann Campbell, Mayor, Ames, (515) 239-5105 l Coleen Chipman, Council Member, North Liberty, (319) 626-5700 l Kay Cmelik, City Clerk/Finance Officer, Grinnell, (641) 236-2600 Kim Downs, City Administrator, Hiawatha, (319) 393-1515 l Jim Erb, Mayor, Charles City, (641) 257-6300 | Jim Ferneau, City Administrator, Burlington, (319) 753-8124 l Clint Fichter, City Manager, Avoca, (712) 343-2424 l Linda Gaul, City Clerk, Earlville, (563) 923-3365 l Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator/ Clerk, Muscatine, (563) 264-1550 | Scott Peterson, City Administrator/Clerk, Lake View, (712) 657-2634 | Adam Schweers, Mayor, Carroll, (712) 792-1000 l Matt Walsh, Mayor, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-4616 LEAGUE STAFF Elisabeth Bender, Administrative Assistant l Bruce E. Bergman, General Counsel l Monica Blay, Administrative Assistant l Shannon Busby, Office Manager l Bethany Crile, Communications Coordinator l Aric Cudnohosky, Database Administrator l Alison R. Deiter, Accountant l Kim Gannon, Claims Examiner l Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services l Matt Jackson, Claims Manager | Lisa Jones, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Cindy Kendall, Extension Program Specialist l Tim Kirgan, Marketing Manager l Alan Kemp, Executive Director | Jenny McKenzie, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Dustin Miller, Director of Government Affairs l Dana Monosmith, Controller l Erin Mullenix, Research and Fiscal Analyst | Ed Morrison, Loss Control Representa-tive l Ryan Pealer, Network Administrator l Heather Roberts, Director of Information Services l Dean Schade, Senior Loss Control Representative l Mick-ey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Services l Ron Sinnwell, Loss Control Coordinator l Terry Timmins, General Counsel l Mark Tomb, Director of Membership Services l Amanda Werner, Administrative Assistant l Katie Wheeler, Graphic Designer | Chuck Williams, R.N., Senior Claims Examiner Tiffani Williamson, Accounting Assistant 4 Cityscape May 2014

Guest's Viewpoint

I am very excited to be the new Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU). I have only been on the job since January but my time back in the “muni” world has only served to reinforce what a great decision it was. I appreciate the Iowa League of Cities giving me the opportunity here to introduce myself to the League’s members.

Professionally I have always felt like I grew up in the municipal world. As a student at Iowa State University (ISU) I worked during the summers for the Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU). I started out painting fire hydrants and installing water meters. During my last two summers and following graduation I went on to be an engineering intern in CFU’s power plant. After graduating from ISU in electrical engineering, I went to law school at the University of Iowa. I spent the first year after law school in Florida before returning to CFU for eight years as a lawyer and ultimately as the head of human resources. After spending the last eight years in the logistics industry I am very excited to be back working in the municipal world.

IAMU exists to support and strengthen Iowa’s municipal utilities. Our membership consists of 540 water utilities, 136 electric utilities, 51 gas utilities and 28 broadband utilities. The League, IAMU and the Iowa State Association of Counties have come together to form the Drug and Alcohol Testing Alliance (DATA) to help our members comply with employee drug and alcohol testing requirements. Our three organizations also sponsor the Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust (IPAIT) to provide competitive and secure investment opportunities for our members.

Like the League we also provide a variety of products and services to support the diverse needs of our members. While occasionally there is some overlap in services offered, most of our services are specific to the needs of a municipal utility. In some limited circumstances, IAMU provides services of interest to cities that the League does not, and in others the League provides services that interest our members that we do not.

I am looking forward to growing our relationship and collaborating with the League and its members in the future.

IAMU Executive Director Troy DeJoode

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