Mayor Gary Lorenz

Gary Lorenz

Gary Lorenz has been serving the community as mayor of the City of Ankeny since December 2012. Prior to serving as mayor, Lorenz served two terms as an Ankeny City Council Member. After a three-year hiatus from the City Council, Lorenz was asked to fill the vacancy created by then Mayor Steve Van Oort’s election to the Polk County Board of Supervisors in 2012. Lorenz accepted the call and was appointed by the City Council to fill the remaining balance of the term. Lorenz then ran unopposed for mayor in November 2013 and is currently serving the remainder of a four-year term.

In addition to his responsibilities as mayor, Lorenz has served the community as a member of the Waste Water Reclamation Authority Board and Executive Committee, Metropolitan Planning Organization, BRAVO, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metro Advisory Council, Greater Des Moines Partnership Board and Executive Committee, Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments, currently serving as chair, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, Ankeny Economic Development Corporation, Polk County Aviation Authority along with various other local and regional task forces and committees.

Prior to retirement, Lorenz was part of the ownership team at long-time Ankeny business, Lorenz & Jones Marine Distributors. In 2010, he was honored by the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce as its Small Business Person of the Year. In 2014, Lorenz was honored by the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation as its 2014 Person of Vision.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Lorenz has lived in Ankeny since his 1978 marriage to his wife Becky. They have three children and four grandchildren. 


Council Members

Mark Holm, Mayor Pro-tem

Mark Holm

Mark Holm is serving his second term on the Ankeny City Council. As a council member, he serves on the Metro Waste Authority Board, Ankeny Sports Complex Foundation and Ankeny Uptown Association. Mark also volunteers for the New Horizon Adult Care Center, Ankeny Summerfest Committee, Backpack Buddies and the Ankeny Service Center. Prior to his election to the City Council, Mark served on the Ankeny Zoning Board of Adjustment. 

Mark and his wife Kari (Vogt) have two sons. Kari is a surgical nurse at Methodist Hospital. Kari is a graduate of Ankeny High School, Iowa State University and Grandview College. 

Mark was raised on a farm near Corydon, Iowa. He has a B.A. degree from Iowa State University, where he majored in political science. He works for the Iowa Department of Transportation and holds the title of Public Service Manager 1 in the Office of Right of Way in Ames, Iowa. In his position, he administers the statewide right of way acquisition and relocation assistance programs.

Term expires 12-31-2019


Kerry Walter-Ashby

Kerry Walter-Ashby
Kerry Walter-Ashby is serving her first term on the Ankeny City Council. Kerry grew up in Ankeny and returned 12 years ago. As a council member, she serves on the Ankeny Community Education Advisory Council, the Metro Waste Authority Board (alternate), and the Metropolitan Advisory Council (alternate).
Kerry is an alumna of the Ankeny Leadership Institute (Class of 2011) and of the Ankeny Citizens Police Academy Program (Class of 2014). She serves with the Ankeny Miracle League program, Ankeny BackPack Buddies weekend supplemental food program, Ankeny Alumni Association, Ankeny Community Foundation, Ankeny Dollars for Scholars, Ankeny Kiwanis Club, Ankeny Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club high school service group, Home Base Iowa-Ankeny, and Project Fresh Start. In 2016, Governor Terry Branstad appointed her to serve as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. In 2017, she became Vice Chairperson of the Commission's Volunteer Engagement Committee.
Kerry was selected by the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce to be the 2015 Citizen of the Year.
Kerry has taught at Iowa State University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and DMACC and has an undergraduate degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University) in English and a Masters Degree from Iowa State University in English Literature. She teaches fitness classes through Ankeny Community Education, the Ankeny Family YMCA and the AFUMC Christian Life Center.
Kerry graduated from Ankeny High School in 1986, and her husband Todd Ashby graduated from Ankeny High School in 1987.

Term expires 12-31-2017


Bobbi Bentz


Bobbi Bentz is serving her second term on the Ankeny City Council. Bobbi grew up in Ankeny and moved to the community in 1980. 

Bobbi and her husband Adam have three children. Adam owns a small business, BAB Sports, Inc, and is the Defensive Coordinator for the Des Moines Blaze.

Bobbi is an active volunteer and member of several non-profit, professional and civic organizations in the greater Des Moines area. 

Bobbi graduated from Ankeny High School in 1997. She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell College in Economics and Business, two Masters' degrees from the University of Iowa in Health Administration and Public Health, and is completing her PhD from the University of Iowa in Community & Behavioral Health. Bobbi works at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield as Business Partner in Network Engagement. 

Term expires 12-31-2019


Wade Steenhoek


Wade Steenhoek is serving his second term on the Ankeny City Council. Wade has been a resident of Ankeny for more than 15 years. As a council member, he serves on the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (alternate) and the City-School Committee.

Wade and his wife Julie have two children; a daughter attending Iowa State University and a son attending Ankeny High School. 

Wade is a Lecturer with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa and owns several small businesses. 

He has an undergraduate degree from Simpson College in Marketing and a Masters Degree from Drake University in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance, with an emphasis in Leadership. 

Term expires 12-31-2017 


Jim McKenna


Jim McKenna is serving his second term on the Ankeny City Council.
Jim has been an Ankeny resident for more than 62 years. He is retired from the City of Ankeny utilities department after 39 years of public service, 36 of which he was an administrator.

Jim serves as the vice chair of the Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission (CIRDWC), a group of metro area community elected officials and staff professionals who discuss current and future water needs and projects to provide adequate quality water supplies now and into the future.

Jim also serves on the DM Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA), which assists in planning and operational needs for wastewater treatment and pollution control in the metro area.

Jim and his wife Suzy have two children, Matt (Tracy), Mollie (Dan) Vallejo, four grandchildren; Malin, McKenna, Daniel, Gracie and three step-grandchildren; Brittnee, Paeton, and Haydon. Jim’s children are Ankeny graduates and reside in Ankeny. All grandchildren are currently in the Ankeny school system except Brittnee who resides in Oklahoma. 

Jim is a 1968 Ankeny High School graduate and Navy Vietnam War veteran. 

Term expires 12-31-2019







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