Kay Cmelik Selected as City Clerk

P. Kay Cmelik is selected as the City's new city clerk.DES MOINES, IOWA — Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — The Des Moines City Council has named Paula (Kay) Cmelik as the new city clerk. Cmelik replaces City Clerk Diane Rauh who retires at the end of September after a 35-year tenure with the City.

Cmelik will join the City of Des Moines with 28 years of experience in local government. She has served as city clerk and finance director for the City of Grinnell since 2006 and previously served as city clerk and administrator for the City of Hartley. Additionally, Cmelik holds several volunteer community leadership roles and currently chairs the Iowa Certification Committee for Municipal Professionals.

“Kay has worked her way up as a respected municipal leader across the state of Iowa,” said Des Moines City Councilman Chris Coleman. “Her current and past colleagues championed her ethics, friendly personality and keen understanding of Iowa laws and procedures. She inherits an amazing team and chief deputy clerk; together they will serve Des Moines residents with distinction and compassion.”

"I am excited to serve as the next city clerk for the City of Des Moines, and I look forward to new challenges and opportunities of working for a larger community,” Cmelik said. “I am truly humbled to be part of such a great organization."

Cmelik will assume her new responsibilities in November.

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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