My Record

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Balanced budget annually
  • No property tax increases during the two years as Mayor
  • No property tax increases 7 of the 8 years on the council (voted no on the one property tax increase that went into effect)
  • Government Finance Officer’s Association awarded WDM with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
  • Government Finance Officers Association awarded WDM with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
  • Third lowest tax rate out of the top 10 cities in Iowa
  • AAA Bond Rating from Standard & Poors (one of only 127 cities nationally)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • West Des Moines certified "Connected Community"
  • Google eCity of Iowa in 2013 (View)
  • BestPlaces.net Names West Des Moines a "Best City to Move To" (View)
  • Numerous City of West Des Moines Awards and Recognition
  • Livability.com names West Des Moines in the Top 100 Places to Live
  • Relocate America named West Des Moines in the Top 100 Places to Live
  • Business Week named West Des Moines one of its top 10 affordable suburbs
  • Business Week named West Des Moines as one of the Best Places to Raise your kids
  • Fortune named West Des Moines one of the Top 100 placed to live and launch a business
  • ULX Entertainment/Retail Synergies Publication - Jordan Creek Town Center award (View)
  • Business Record Names West Des Moines "Best City Government for Conducting Business"

PROGRESS & DEVELOPMENT

  • Increased communications with residents (e.g., implemented the City’s website, e-mail addresses for all elected officials and City staff and annual Citizen’s Attitude Survey, etc.)
  • Established West Des Moines Human Rights Commission
  • Starting in 1998 and each year thereafter the Business Record annual survey has voted WDM both the “Best City to Live In” and “City government most conducive to Business”
  • Significantly increased the City’s public safety staff (e.g., added 10 new police officers, 14 new full-time fire fighters and 7 new EMS employees) (Letter from Police Chief)
  • Fastest growing city in Iowa
  • Significantly increased budget and facilities for the City's Human Services Department
  • Record levels of residential and commercial development (2008 was record year with $490 million)
  • Increased cooperation with surrounding cities, school districts and counties (e.g., Westcom, WestHelp, joint school park site with Waukee School District, etc.)
  • One of only four cities in the nation with all three public safety departments (police, fire and EMS) nationally accredited.
  • Since 2000, West Des Moines invested $180 million in infrastructure
  • Commitment to sustainability initiatives (West Des Moines Environmental Hall of Fame)

MAJOR CAPITAL PROJECTS COMPLETED

  • Library
  • Nature Lodge and the majority of Raccoon River Park’s development (e.g., softball fields, recreation trail, beach, boat ramp, etc.)
  • Westown Parkway bridge, Mills Civic Parkway interchange and interchanges at both 50th and 60th Streets
  • Record annual investment in maintenance of existing streets and sewers
  • Paved more than 18 miles of recreation trails
  • Added over 600 acres of new City park land
  • Constructed the new Valley View Aquatic Center
  • Railroad Avenue Street reconstructed

MAJOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT ARE LOCATED IN WEST DES MOINES

  • Wells Fargo built both a 420,000 square foot office building south of University Ave. and a 960,000 square foot corporate campus south of Mills Civic Parkway
  • General Growth Properties constructed Jordan Creek Town Center (approximately 2,000,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment)
  • West Glen Town Center
  • Villages of Ponderosa
  • Mercy and Iowa Methodist completing new hospitals (both in excess of $100 million)
  • AVIVA is building North American Headquarters in West Des Moines (360,000 square feet)

REVITALIZATION OF VALLEY JUNCTION

  • Completed Flood Levy
  • Completed Valley Junction Streetscape Plan
  • Completed Holiday Park Master Plan
  • Completed Holiday Pool renovation project
  • Record financial support of Valley Junction Foundation
  • Railroad Avenue Reconstruction and Lincoln Avenue Paving
  • Fire Protection Sprinkler System Infrastructure
  • Designated a "Great Place" by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Streetscape, Wayfinding, Identity and Directory Signage

Working with Senator Grassley

Working with Senator Harkin

SG Valley Station
Valley Station Groundbreaking