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Steven Schainker

City Manager

Ames, IA


Steven L. Schainker has served as the City Manager for Ames, Iowa, since 1982, making him one of the longest continuously serving managers in the country.  A native of University City, Missouri, Steve earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University. He started his career as a Public Management Intern with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and later became a Budget and Systems Analyst with the city. In 1979, he accepted the position of Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Ames.

Steve is involved in several professional organizations including the International City/County Management Association, where he has served as Regional Vice President, Executive Board Finance Committee Chairperson, ICMA University Board of Regents, Endowment Fund Committee, Talent Service Advisory Committee, and Credentialing Advisory Board.

As a member of the Iowa City/County Management Association, Steve has served as President, Executive Board Member, Assistant’s Steering Committee State Liaison, Diversity Committee Chairperson, and Professional Development Committee Member.

Steve also served on Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs Board of Visitors and was named Iowa State University’s first “Resident Practitioner for its MPA program.

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