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City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

Steve Schainker, City Manager
515 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Phone: 515-239-5101 Fax: 515-239-5142
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 am - 5 pm 

Staff Contacts 


City Manager - Steve SchainkerCity Manager Steve Schainker
Email: sschainker@cityofames.org

The City Manager appoints all department heads and is responsible to the Council for proper administration of all city business, and for the annual budget.

Steve Schainker is one of the longest, continuously serving City Manager working today. He joined the City of Ames in 1979 and was appointed City Manager in 1982. The City Manager carries out the day-to-day responsibilities of running the city organization and oversees 18 departments and divisions including Public Works, Water and Pollution Control, Parks and Recreation, Finance, Ames Electric Services, Ames Police, Ames Fire, and Planning and Housing. Mr. Schainker reports directly to the Ames City Council, which is the policy-making arm of government.

The City Council makes laws, ordinances, and policy, and it is the responsibility of the City Manager to ensure they are carried out or enforced.

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If you have questions or wish to contact the City Manager, please call:  515-239-5101.

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