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AHS, ISU graduate is new Ames assistant city manager

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Melissa Mundt bests 160 candidates to replace Sheila Lundt, who is retiring


By Susan Gwiasda
City of Ames


(April 2, 2012 – 2:30 p.m.) Melissa Mundt, an Ames High School and Iowa State University graduate, has accepted the position of Assistant City Manager for the City of Ames. Mundt will begin her duties on Wednesday, June 13.


More than 160 candidates applied for the Assistant City Manager job posting. Current Assistant City Manager Sheila Lundt, who has served the City for more than 27 years, will retire at the end of April.


“With such long-tenured members in the City Manager’s Office, choosing a new assistant is a rare event,” said City Manager Steve Schainker. “Fortunately, I am confident that Melissa’s enthusiasm, experience, and dedication to public service will help her quickly become a valued leader in our efforts to provide Ames residents with exceptional service at the best price.”


Mundt is currently employed with the City of Gardner, Kans., where she has served since 2003 as Community Development Director, Assistant City Administrator, and Interim City Administrator. Gardner is a Kansas City suburb of nearly 20,000 people. Mundt has also served the cities of Lombard (pop. 42,000) and Highland Park (pop. 35,000), Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.


Mundt will be paid an annual salary of $103,571.


Congratulations to Melissa Mundt.

They really only have to change one letter on the door plaque. Off with the "L" in with the "M"

Thank you Sheila Lundt for your years of service and focused work! You truly care for the community.

Prertty Girl

She is a pretty girl.

What an ignorant coment, what

What an ignorant coment, what would you say if this person was a man?


He is a handsome man???

I doubt he would have called him a pretty girl....

When did someone commenting

When did someone commenting on how attractive a person was stop becoming a compliment and become an insult?

As a woman, myself, I'm certainly all in favor of equal pay for equal work, and equal opportunities in the job market. I most assuredly don't expect men to come up and pat me on my back-side when I get hired for a good job. But I'm also smart enough to know that when someone gives me a compliment on my appearance, it's not usually meant as an insult, so I tend to smile and say, "Thanks."

Miss Mundt's photo appears with this item, and I have to agree with the person who said she was pretty.

Perhaps "girl" wasn't the best choice of words in this case, but at close to 60 years old, I still call my female friends "girlfriends" and -- collectively -- as "the girls." We still have "girls night out", etc.

In my many years of life, I've found that the old adage of getting more flies with honey than vinegar holds true. There's also truth in that idea of needing to pick your battles. Perhaps it would be a good idea to find out whether an insult was intended before jumping into shrill-shrew mode.

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