A Message From The Mayor...


Scott Cirksena was re-elected Mayor at the election held November 5, 2013.  Mayor Cirksena’s term will expire in 2017. 

Mr. Cirksena is serving his second full term as Mayor.  He previously served on the Clive City Council from November 2003 to December 2009.  He is currently employed as a Senior District Sales Manager for Kenworth Truck Co., a Division of Paccar, Incorporated. 

Today, Mr. Cirksena represents the City of Clive on the Metro Advisory Council (MAC), the Board of BRAVO  Greater Des Moines, the Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission (CIRDWC), Dallas County Mayors, Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG) and the Dallas County Foundation.  In addition to these activities, Mr. Cirksena is a member of the Clive Lions Club, The Clive Historical Society and the Iowa Motor Truck Association.  He also served on the Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission in 2011.  He and his wife Julie and children Mackenzie and Ben reside at 16330 Boston Parkway.

From the October 2015 Clive City Newsletter

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Nearly two years ago, the Chiefs of the Fire and EMS departments of the City of Clive and the City of Windsor Heights came together to discuss mutual issues of staffing and overall cost challenges of running both departments.  This was a natural activity as both cities have worked very closely together over the years and what came forward from that dialogue was a collaborative plan to merge both departments and operate out of the Clive Harbach Station.  This plan would have immediately solved staffing issues and reduced costs for both cities while maintaining critical service levels for the long-term. 

However, as you may have heard recently, the Windsor Heights City Council voted unanimously not to pursue the merger and subsequent direction laid out by the mutually created plan proposal.  Suffice it to say, that action was somewhat of a surprise and of course we were disappointed with this decision. 

The message I would like to share with Clive residents and business partners is that your City Council, Mayor and City staff remain dedicated to consistently pursuing collaborative efforts that can reduce costs, improve services and move our communities forward in a positive direction.  At present, we have many collaborative initiatives in play from our Westcom joint Police, Fire and EMS dispatch center to wastewater management (WRA) and arts, culture and heritage funding (Bravo Greater Des Moines) to name a few. There is a long list of such efforts being undertaken with our neighboring communities and most have been very successful. 

Specifically to Fire and EMS, we will continue to examine opportunities with our neighboring communities to provide strength to our services for the long-term. 

Budget planning

The City Council recently conducted a work-session on the Capital Improvement Program aspect of the 2016/2017 budget, focusing on 2016 projects such as the University Ave resurfacing between I-35/80 and 86th Street (a joint project with West Des Moines), trail repaving between 142nd and 149th street and continued discussions and plans on the City’s public safety facility needs.  As you can see, we have many great initiatives before us and I am looking forward to the results of our collective planning  efforts for the growth and well-being of our community. 

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Mayor.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have. 

Scott Cirksena
Phone: (515) 223-6220

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