Steve Gaer 2016, Mayor, Mayor Gaer
Steven K. Gaer, Mayor
163 59th ST, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Home: 225-9732
Work: 974-5261
Term Expires 12/31/21

Steven K. Gaer is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for R&R Realty Group.

After ten years with Marsh & McLennan Companies, most recently as Managing Director responsible for the Affinity Group Insurance Program Division (formerly Kirke Van Orsdel, Incorporated), Steven joined R&R Realty Group in April of 2004. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, Steven was with the Des Moines law firm of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. where he practiced as a shareholder and associate for nine years.

Steven is currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of West Des Moines, after serving eight years as a West Des Moines City Council Member.

Steven received his BBA from the University of Kentucky in 1983, graduating with high distinction and received his JD in 1986 from the Drake University Law School, graduating with honors (Order of the Coif). Steven is also active in the Iowa State Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Iowa, U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Also, Steven is currently serving on numerous boards, which in part includes the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which also includes the Executive Committee, Board of the Regional Economic Development Committee and co-chair of its Development Council, Metropolitan Planning Organization (Board, Executive Committee, and Chair 2018), DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit), West Bancorporation and West Bank, and County Assessor Conference (Polk, Dallas, Madison and Warren).

Mayor's Vitae Information

Kevin Trevillyan

Kevin Trevillyan, Councilmember First Ward
Address: 324 34th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: 240-8786
Term Expires 12/31/21

Kevin is an Engineering Technician with West Des Moines Water Works, where he has been employed since 1988.

Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Valley High School. He received a degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Hamilton Business College.          

Kevin is a member of Gnemeth Masonic Lodge in West Des Moines and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Altoona.

Kevin served six years with the United States Marine Corps Reserves and also 10 years with West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services. Kevin is married to Cindi, and has two sons Justin and Jack. 


JMickelsonohn Mickelson, Councilmember Second Ward  
 6836 Reed Lane, West Des Moines, IA 50266
 Phone: 554-7165
Term Expires 12/31/19

West Des Moines native John Mickelson is the founder and Managing Partner of a small business located in West Des Moines. 

John is a Valley High School graduate and he received his BBA, JD, and MBA from the University of Iowa where he was also a letter-winner on the football team. 

John serves as Vice-Chair for the State Historical Society of Iowa and a Board Member for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.  Previously he was on the West Des Moines Public Art Commission.  John is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, is a Des Moines Business Record 40 under 40 award winner, and was a selection in the inaugural class of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Community Connect program. 

John enjoys reading and cycling. John and his wife Brooke have four sons (6, 4, 2 and infant) and are members of St. Francis. 


Russ Trimble, Councilmember, Third WardRuss Trimble, Councilmember - Third Ward

Mayor Pro Tem
1600 S. 43rd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: 554-8746
Term Expires 12/31/21

Russ Trimble, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, moved to Des Moines in 1990 to attend Drake University. In 1994, Russ graduated from Drake with a major in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. Shortly thereafter, he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on state and local government administration.

In 2006, Russ moved into his current position as a Legislative Analyst for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus. Prior to his election to the City Council, Russ served the West Des Moines Human Services Advisory Board in many capacities, including chair. Russ is a Patron level donor to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, is involved with the YMCAs Partnership with Youth, and is a member of West Des Moines Kiwanis. Russ and his wife Alana have four children.


Jim Sandager, Councilmember at large
James Sandager, Councilmember At-Large
5759 Coachlight Court, West Des Moines, IA
Home: 225-7540
Term Expires 12/31/19

Jim Sandager is Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Wealth Enhancement Group.  He is also a shareholder of Wealth Enhancement Group.  Jim specializes in investment and retirement advising and hosts a call-in show from 8:30 to 9:30 am Sunday mornings on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa as part of the popular "Your Money" program with Bruce Helmer. Jim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner who holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in financial planning and investments, and co-authored a published research paper with Dr. Sung Bae, “What Consumers Look for in Financial Planners” (Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education). Jim earned recognition as one of the Top 100 Financial Planners in the country (Mutual Funds magazine, September 2001 & 2002). Jim has appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell where he provided insight about what clients should look for in hiring a Financial Planner.

Jim has served as treasurer of the Midwest Board of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and chairman of the Financial Planning Association of Iowa and is actively involved in the Greater Des Moines community. He is Vice President of Metro Advisory Council (MAC) board of directors.  He serves on the Bravo Board of Directors and Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.  He is past president of the Des Moines Symphony Foundation Board and board member of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.  Jim earned his MBA at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Louisa, have two children Philip and Molly.


Renee Hardman
Renee Hardman, Councilmember At-Large        
4611 Turnberry Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Home: 556-9248
Term Expires 12/31/21

Renee Hardman, Principal Owner of Hardman Consulting, is an experienced professional with over 25 years of Executive level HR experience. Hardman Consulting provides services in the areas of employee development, diversity training, investigations, executive coaching, and leadership development. Ms. Hardman is currently a Certified Trainer, Coach & Speaker with the John Maxwell Team.

Renee Hardman’s previously served as Senior Vice President of HR at Des Moines’ largest privately held financial institution in the state of Iowa. Ms. Hardman was previously with the Iowa Department of Personnel and IPERS.

Ms. Hardman attended Drake University where she earned a BA with a major in Psychology and later obtained a Master in Business Administration (MBA). She has earned both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP HR certifications. Ms. Hardman’s community involvement includes Trustee for Des Moines University, Advisory Board for Governor and Billie D. Ray Center, Board Member of the Latina Leadership Initiative, Des Moines Chapter of The Links, Dress for Success and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is past President of the Chrysalis Foundation and longtime volunteer and past Board Member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Des Moines.

Ms. Hardman is the recipient of many awards and honors. In 2014, she was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. Other awards include the Distinguished Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Alumni Volunteer Award, Connie Wimer Spirit Award, President Obama’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major of Service Award, Women of Influence Award, Best Minority Business Leader Award, and YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award.

She has chaired the Governor’s Diversity Committee and was an active member of Drake University’s Diversity and the Downtown Partnership’s Diversity Committee.


Richard Scieszinski 
Richard Scieszinski, City Attorney
Hired for the position September 2000
Office (515) 222-3614

Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for achieving maximum compliance with federal, state and municipal law by City elected and appointed officers, staff and employees; maintains communication with all levels of City government about day-to-day operations and provides both written and oral opinions on legal issues as they emerge; provides legal advice to City Officers and employees, including all boards and commissions as applicable, on proposed contracts, documents, resolutions and other documents for review and action by the Mayor and Council; draft other legal documents for City staff; participates in ad hoc management teams to assist in the development of solutions to mixed questions of law and policy including but not limited to employee standards and discipline, City department interactions and intergovernmental agreements, actions and programs; reviews actions filed against or involving the City; represents the City in judicial and administrative proceedings; and, coordinates contracts for other legal matters such as: assessment, bond, condemnation, insurance claims, labor relations, prosecution and other specialist legal counsel.


  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa: Bachelor of Business Administration, Industrial Relations, Business
  • Hamline University, School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota: Juris Doctorate
  • Licensed to practice in Iowa and Minnesota
  • President, Iowa Municipal Attorney's Association, 2000
  • Member, Volunteer Lawyers Project, 1987 - present
  • Judge, Drake Mock Trial Competition Coach, Student Mock Trial Competition
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association

Telephone: (515) 222-3600
Fax: (515) 273-0601

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