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The City of Pleasant Hill is pleased to announce Madeline Sturms has been appointed as Community Development Director.
In this role, Sturms will direct and participate in the preparation of the city’s comprehensive development plans and land use ordinances. She will supervise all functions of planning and building, communications, economic development, and the parks and recreation division.
“Sturms is a committed leader in her profession, community, and our City operations. We are excited to elevate her as our next Community Development Director for Pleasant Hill,” said J. Benjamin Champ, City Manager. “Her vision for Pleasant Hill will further our efforts to be the community of choice in the Des Moines metro.”
Sturms earned her B.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and her Master of Public Administration from Drake University. She previously served as a Regional Planner for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission in Burlington, Iowa. She began her career with the City of Pleasant Hill in 2013 as the Associate Planner/Storm Water Coordinator. Sturms was quickly promoted to the leadership role of Senior Planner in 2015 to assist in all areas of the Community Development Department.
She continues to choose Pleasant Hill due to its proximity to downtown, offering its residents and businesses a unique environment as the closest suburb. “Working for a city with a small staff affords me the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of projects across multiple departments,” said Sturms. “I have the benefit of a City Council focused on the intentional growth of Pleasant Hill and look forward to continuing to make an impact.”
When Sturms is not executing thoughtful plans for the City of Pleasant Hill, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, Ryan and rescue dog, Charlie. She likes to cook, travel, run, and is an avid podcast listener.