Melissa Mundt joined the Unified Government’s County Administration team in 2015. She brings with her nearly 18 years of municipal experience. As an Assistant County Administrator, Mundt is responsible for providing direct oversight of County and City departments such as Public Works, Community Development, Transportation, Purchasing, Clerk’s Office and Planning.
Mundt has acquired a great deal of experience during her career in public service. Before her appointment to the position of County Administrator, She worked for the City of Ames, Iowa as the Assistant City Manager from June 2012 to March 2015. She worked directly with Human Resources, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Fleet and Facilities, Transit (CyRide), Library, and the City Attorney. She also played a direct role in the executive management of the City’s Excellence Through People initiative that emphasized exceptional customer service and an enjoying and stimulating work environment. Mundt who is a native of Ames, Iowa was privileged to co-chair Ames 150th birthday in 2014 during her time in Ames. Her major assignment as Co-Chair was coordinating the Events Committee for Ames’ historic free community festival that was the main event denoting the Sesquicentennial of Ames. She also worked with the Main Street Cultural District, Campustown Action Association, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau to enhance collaboration on a variety of community projects and initiatives.
Mundt has also worked in Illinois and Kansas. She worked for the City of Gardner, KS as the Assistant City Administrator, as well as Interim City Administrator during her nine-year tenure. She was responsible for many aspects of the daily operations, including the budget and city-wide communications. She worked closely with City departments to improve service, through implementation of a performance measurement system and focused on process improvements and efficiencies in operations of the organization. She recommended changes in personnel, policies and procedures, budget prioritizations as well as technology enhancements.
She is knowledgeable of every aspect of the services and programs that are provided through the departments and divisions in municipal government. She enjoys engaging employees in process improvement and innovation in delivery of local government services.
Melissa has a Master’s degree in Public Administration – Local Government Management from the University of Kansas and is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). She is a member of the Downtown Kansas City, KS, Rotary Club. Melissa was also privileged to be elected and served on the ICMA Executive Board of Directors. She has also served on multiple task forces for ICMA; including the Task Force on Women in the Profession and the Task Force on Strengthening Inclusiveness. Melissa is also involved in a variety of ways with the Iowa State Alumni Association of Kansas City, having served as president and event coordinator.