The City of Collins City Council acts as the legislative branch of our government, as well as its policy-making body. The Council looks to the city's goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances and strategic planning. The Council's goal is to do the very best to represent their constituents after they've seen to the needs of the city as a whole.
Let's introduce you to your current city council:
My wife, Dawn, and I moved to Collins a year ago, from the rural Ames area. My family moved to that area so that I could attend college, receiving a BS in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University. Prior to this accomplishment, I spent almost twenty years working in the construction industry as a Journeyman Carpenter. Today, I work for ISO, collecting data from building departments across the States of Iowa, Nebraska, and part of Illinois. This work accompanied with my education and background gives me an unique skill set as a councilperson for the City of Collins. My wife and I are currently renovating our new home here, as this is one of many activities that I enjoy. When I have more time I also enjoy fishing, woodworking, and socializing with others.
I have lived in the Collins area for the better part of 20 years. I am married and have 4 children ranging from 12 to 19. I am part of the Collins Fire and Rescue and have been for several years. I have been involved with multiple events within the community since I moved into the area. I enjoy a host of hobbies such as fishing, golfing, and motorcycle riding but have mastered none. I look forward to serving the community the best I can.
I was raised in Collins and graduated from Collins-Maxwell in 1990. I joined the Army National Guard as a Junior in high school. I served from 1989-1996. I left the National Guard as a sergeant. I currently work for the City of Des Moines Fire Department. I have worked here for almost 21 years. I am a Paramedic/Engineer, I drive Truck #9 and it’s an advanced medical unit. I have been at station #9 for almost 16 years. This is the most rewarding job that I have ever had and still love going to work every shift.
I am a busy individual with 2 dogs whom I count as my children. I do not have children of my own, but have many nieces and nephews that I enjoy spoiling, and their children. I waited for 16 years to be able to purchase the house that I reside in. I wanted to buy my childhood home, because of the memories and wonderful upbringing I experienced. I work in the big city, but I am a small town girl thru and thru. My number one priority, as a council person, is to do what is best for the citizens of Collins. I hope in the next four years I can be a voice and act in the best interest for the City of Collins.
I have lived in Collins my entire life. I am married to Darren Kennedy and together we have raised two children, Georgia and Nash. I have been involved in our community for a number of years and have served on a couple of different committees. I am currently on the Collins Fire & Rescue, as the EMS Lt/Service Director. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, our labrador Renegade, reading, movies and music.
I have lived in Collins for the past 30 years. I recently retired from NCH Corporation out of Dallas, TX in their Sales and Management area. I have achieved my realtors license with Hunziker this summer and have served on the city council for 5 years.