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.
• 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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A year after 'chaos'
It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.
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Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders
A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago.
State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty, Pa., stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.
- More felonies added to sex abuse charges CLINTON -- A Clinton man already facing multiple felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child is now facing six more felonies for sexual exploitation of a child. Tony D. James, 45, was charged this past weekend with six counts of sexual expl
- Wildlife service to conduct burnings CLINTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct several prescribed burns this spring. The burns will take place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. Sites planned for burning
Women jailed on meth charges
CLINTON -- Two Clinton women are currently being held in the Clinton County jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds for methamphetamine charges. Jessica L. Crabtree, 29, 215 10th Ave. North, and Tera A. Riddle, 27, 611 1/2 S. Seventh St., were arrested last
'Hats Off' Art exhibit covers downtown (With Map & Video)
CLINTON -- A clown. Clinton High wrestlers. An expecting mother. A young Mozart. These faces and more all peered through downtown storefronts Thursday. They're there again today, too. Looking back at them was photographer Jean Black. They are her way
Fire alarm evacuation at Eagle Heights
Students of Eagle Heights Elementary School were evacuated Thursday afternoon after staff smelled something being emitted in the first-grade hallway and main office areas.
According to a press release from the Clinton Community School District, staff noticed the smell at approximately 1:10 p.m. It was then determined the fire department should be notified, and the fire alarm was pulled. The building was evacuated quickly and the Clinton Fire Department responded immediately.
UPDATED: McColley found not guilty of sex abuse
Relief showed on the faces of Russell McColley and his family Thursday as a verdict of not guilty was read in court.
"Our prayers were answered, that's all I have to say," Tracy Hook, McColley's sister, said.
McColley was facing a charge of second-degree sexual abuse. If he had been convicted of the class B felony, he could have faced as much as 25 years in prison.
- Court denies man's appeal in robbery CLINTON -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a conviction of a man who robbed a Clinton pawn shop in 2012. Darrell L. Thomas recently appealed his first-degree robbery conviction to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court released its decision Wednes
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