Hall of Fame Award

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


The League Hall of Fame Award was created to recognize individuals who have provided extraordinary public service to the League and local government. The Hall of Fame has previously been awarded to elected or appointed city officials, business or civic leaders, persons rendering assistance to cities as trainers, consultants, or advisors, and former members of the League staff are eligible for induction. Selection for this award is made on the basis of service rendered to city government generally, including leadership in the League, League-affiliated Boards, or other municipal organizations, service on state or national boards or commissions, providing extraordinary service to cities in training, education and development of local leadership, advocating for cities and good local government, and providing exceptional professional assistance and support to cities.

The League inducts winners into the Hall of Fame at its Annual Conference & Exhibit, though the award is not always given every year. Award nominations are accepted year-round. The League Awards Panel recommends a slate of Hall of Fame inductees for League Executive Board ratification during the August board meeting.

Eligibility

Current or former elected or appointed city officials, business or civic leaders, persons rendering assistance to cities as trainers, consultants, or advisors, and former members of the League staff are eligible for induction. Individuals currently on the League staff or an officer or member of the League Executive Board are not eligible.

Criteria

Selection will be made on the basis of service rendered to city government generally, including service rendered to city government through the League. Special consideration will be made for service that was done as a volunteer leader. Service to cities includes, but is not limited to, leadership in the League, League-affiliated Boards, or other municipal organizations, service on state or national boards or commissions, providing extraordinary service to cities in training, education and development of local leadership, advocating for cities and good local government, and providing exceptional professional assistance and support to cities. Typically extraordinary public service is demonstrated over a considerable period of time, but longevity alone is not intended to be compelling.

Selection

Individuals for induction to the League Hall of Fame are nominated by the League Awards Committee, which consists of the League officers and four current members of the Hall of Fame appointed by the League President. The nominations are submitted to the League Executive Board for ratification.

Hall of Fame Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our award winners.

Year RecipientDescription
2021 Decker PloehnCity Administrator/City Clerk in Bettendorf
2021John LundellMayor in Coralville
2020Terry DonahueLeague past president, Mayor, North Liberty
2020Wanda HemesathCity Clerk/Treasurer
2019David HeiarLong time city administrator and economic development professional in Bellevue, Manchester
and Dubuque.
2019James ErbFormer mayor in Charles City, former League Board Member and former President of the
Executive Board
2018Kelly HayworthLong time city administrator in Coralville and member of the IMWCA Board of Trustees
2018Ruth RandlemanFormer mayor in Carlisle, Former League Board Member and former President of the
Executive Board
2017Gordon CanfieldMayor in Grinnell
2016Ann CampbellMayor of Ames and Former League Board Member
2016Milt L. KramerMayor of Manchester
2015Bruce BergmanFormer City Attorney in Des Moines, Former Iowa League of Cities General Counsel
2015Butch NiebuhrFormer City Administrator in Perry
2015Larry NagleFormer Director of Government Relations for the East Central Intergovernmental Association
2015Terry TimminsFormer City Attorney in Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Former Deputy City Attorney in Des Moines,
Former Iowa League of Cities General Counsel
2014Gerald ClausenCity Manager in Carroll
2013Curt SvalstadFormer Risk Services Director for the Iowa League of Cities
2013Jim FausettLeague past president and Mayor of Coralville
2013Pam BlessmanFormer city clerk, finance officer and city administrator & IMFOA officer
2012Donna FisherFormer Deputy City Manager/Finance Office in Spencer, co-founder of Northwest
Iowa City Clerks’ Association
2011Christine HensleyDes Moines Council Member
2011Jeff SchottDirector, Institute of Public Affairs, University of Iowa
2010Tim HurleyLeague past president and former mayor, Waterloo
2009Andrea “Andi” StewartFormer League Administrative Manager
2009Ken and Val BilbreyIowa Communities Assurance Board leadership
2008John MardisFormer League President and Mayor of Evansdale
2007Cindy KendallFormer city treasurer of Marshalltown, former MFPRSI board member and
City Finance Committee member.
2007Thomas G. BredewegFormer League executive director
2006Carol Ann DiekemaFormer board member, former City Coordinator and mayor of Monroe
2006Ted TedescoLeague past president, former mayor, Ames
2004Jack WhitmerFormer director, Iowa Clerks Institute
2004Paul CoatesDirector, Iowa Clerks Institute
2004Richard D. JohnsonLeague past president, city clerk and former mayor of Sheldahl and former Auditor of State
2003David AldridgeLeague past president and former mayor of Newton
2003O. Gene MaddoxLeague past president, state representative and former mayor of Clive
2003Richard MyersFormer state House minority leader and former council member Coralville
2002David EhlerFormer secretary/treasurer of the Northwest Iowa League of Cities and former city clerk, Holstein
2001Jody SmithChair, Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, former board member of Iowa Public Agency
Investment Trust and Deputy City Manager/City Clerk, City of West Des Moines
2001Pat CallahanFormer director, Institute of Public Affairs and former city manager in Maquoketa and Anamosa.
2000Bob RasmussenLeague past president, League field representative, former board chair of Iowa Public
Agency Investment Trust and former mayor of Fairfield
1999Erlene VeverkaLeague past president, former board member of Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust and
former mayor of Prairie City.
1999Tom HanafanLeague past president, board member of Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust and
mayor of Council Bluffs
1998John A. RenoJA Reno and Associates (posthumously)
1998Phil DorweilerFormer municipal bond counsel
1997Clayton RinggenburgFormer director of technical services and former director of the Institute
of Public Affairs
1996Ed AllenFormer director of technical assistance at the League
1996Elaine SzymoniakFormer city council member of Des Moines, former board member and
former state senator
1996Park RinardFirst executive director of the League
1995Betty SnyderFormer board member and former mayor of Clinton
1995E.J. GiovannettiLeague past president, past board chair of Iowa Municipalities Workers’
Compensation Association and former mayor of Urbandale
1995Mary NeuhauserFormer city council member of Iowa City and former state senator
1995Robert JostenMunicipal bond counsel and former League executive director
1995Tim ShieldsFormer director, Institute of Public Affairs, University of Iowa
1995William F. SueppelFormer League general counsel
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