The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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May 25, 2013

City administrator candidate bios

Jessica Kinser

Education: Bachelor of Science English-Rhetorical Studies; Bachelor of Arts: Political Science with a minor in criminal justice from Iowa State University in 2005; Masters of Public Administration Degree from Iowa State University in 2007.

Work experience:

• Police dispatcher, ISU Police at Iowa State University from October 2002 to August 2005.

• Program coordinator for Volunteer Center of Story County in Ames from October 2004 to May 2006.

• Program assistant in the purchasing department at Iowa State University from August 2005 to September 2007.

• Management/financial analyst for County of Ottawa, West Olive, Mich., from October 2007 to present.

• City administrator for the city of Griswold, Iowa, from February 2010 to October 2011.

• Finance director/assistant city administrator for the city of Clinton from October 2011 to present. She has served as Clinton’s interim city administrator since Jan. 22, 2013.


• Finance Committee of the United Way of Clinton County, Iowa

• Finance Committee of the YWCA of Clinton

• Clinton Rotary Club

• Government Finance Officers Association

• Iowa City/County Management Association

• International City/County Management Association

Kinser has lived in Clinton the past 14 months, serving as the city’s finance director, and then becoming the interim city administrator in January following the November resignation of former city administrator Jeff Horne.

“I bring a strong financial background to the position of city administrator,” she notes in her application to the city. “Clinton has seen a financial downturn in recent years which has stressed the finances of the city, resulting in numerous, difficult issues. My achievements over the past year include a balanced General Fund budget for fiscal year 2013, a clear picture of the status of the city’s utilities, implementation of financial policies and procedures, communicating the city’s financial status to stakeholders and more.”

She points out that her management philosophy is “that you cannot lead from the top unless you know what happens at the bottom. I am not afraid to see how the job is done throughout the organization and pitch in wherever I can.”

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