Meet the four finalists for the City of Des Moines’ new City Manager


The City of Des Moines on Thursday (July 14) announced the names of the four finalists in the search for its new City Manager.

The four candidates have been invited for interviews, to be held on July 19 and 20.

“The City received an incredible number of highly qualified applicants for the City Manager position,” according to Mayor Matt Pina. “We are extremely impressed with all four of the selected finalists and we are focused on hiring a dynamic and visionary leader who is the absolute best fit for the City.”

The City Council selected Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to conduct and manage the nationwide search that resulted in an outstanding pool of candidates. SGR is a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas. SGR’s proprietary recruitment and vetting process produced in an impressive field of candidates who want to be Des Moines’ next City Manager. The City received 36 applications from individuals in 18 states. Twenty-nine of the candidates had local government management experience, with 22 candidates having served as a city manager or assistant city manager.

Candidate vetting included a comprehensive questionnaire, online interviews, a psychometric assessment, a thorough media search, and a rigorous background investigation.

The public is invited to meet the candidates at a Meet and Greet event that will take place on Wednesday, July 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St., Seattle WA 98198.

The finalists (in alphabetical order):

Nicole Ard

Nicole Ard Head Shot

Nicole Ard has 23 years of local government experience. She most recently served as the city manager of Sandusky, Ohio, from 2011- 2014. Ard previously worked for the cities of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Leesburg, Virginia, and Phoenix, Arizona. She is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Howard University.

Michael Matthias

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Michael Matthias has 23 years of local government experience and is currently the Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director for the city of Des Moines, where he has served since 2014. He previously worked for the cities of Sammamish and Maple Valley, Washington, Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, and Morgan Hill, California. He also worked for the Thurston County, Washington, Economic Development Council. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Development from the University of Oxford, England, a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master of International Relations from the University of Cambridge, England, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

James Nichols

Jim Nichols Head Shot

James Nichols has 21 years of local government experience and most recently served as the County Manager of Douglas County, Nevada. He previously served as Assistant City Manager of Midland, Texas and the Deputy City Manager of both Las Vegas, Nevada and Goodyear, Arizona. Nichols has also worked for the cities of Surprise, Arizona, and Chehalis and Olympia, Washington. Nichols is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Public Management Certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

David Niemeyer

Dave Niemeyer Head Shot

David Niemeyer has more than 30 years of local government experience and is currently the Village Manager for Tinley Park, Illinois, where he has served since 2014. Niemeyer has also served as Village Manager/Administrator for Oak Brook, Homewood, Richton Park and Orland Hills, and as City Manager/Administrator for Des Plaines and Harvard. Niemeyer is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.


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5 Responses to “Meet the four finalists for the City of Des Moines’ new City Manager”
  1. RedondoRick says:

    This is a great opportunity to see the candidates up and close, and to ask them some tough questions. Like, how will you lead the city out of the RED? But even more serious is, what will you do to increase our police department? Remember, this will be your last chance before one goes on to being our City Manager…Rr

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    • Ken says:

      Not a single candidate can answer those questions at this time. Besides, they are not being elected by the citizens of Des Moines.

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  2. Doreen Harper says:

    Quoting our former mayor, Dave Kaplan from a recent post in the Facebook page, ‘Des Moines CAN’, here is an idea of the process….

    “The Council is considering: information already provided (much of which Sheila has kindly posted); video interviews answering questions that were posed to all of them; having five interview panels (Citizens Advisory Committee, community leaders, department heads, represented employee groups, and Council) pose questions; the public reception, where cards will be given out so we can get the public’s perspective on each of the candidates; and then any additional reviews the Council decides to conduct or explore. We want as much input as possible, as this is one of the most important decisions a Council will ever make.”

    It’s the most important thing to happen to the City of Des Moines in 14-20 years. All citizens should take the opportunity to engage with the potential candidates and voice their opinions. It will be the only chance you get to take part in the process and help guide the city to a new beginning!

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  3. John Riley says:

    Do some research on these folks, interesting reading on how they have gotten to where they are now.

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