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Posted on: January 23, 2023

City of Ankeny hires new fire chief

The City of Ankeny is pleased to announce Vance Swisher has been named the new fire chief. Swisher replaces James Clack who served as the Ankeny fire chief for the past eight years and retired in December. Swisher will begin work Feb. 20.

Swisher has 27 ye...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: January 16, 2023

Week of Jan. 16 Traffic Unit Update

The Ankeny Police Traffic Unit will be working in the area between the 100 block and the 1000 block of NE 5th this week in response to complaints of speeding in the area.

Remember to drive cautious during the winter season. Be sure to buckle up, drive safe...

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Police News
Posted on: January 12, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Closures

The City of Ankeny offices and facilities, including the Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library and the Albaugh Family Senior Community Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

The Ankeny City Coun...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: December 9, 2022

Ankeny Police Department introduces new Electronic Storage Device K9

Sandy K9 Press conference

K9 Sandy will assist the Ankeny Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the fight against child exploitation, child pornography and human trafficking. Sandy is trained to detect a chemical called triphenylphosphine, commonly referred to as...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: December 30, 2022

Ankeny Public Services Building Reopened to Public

JAN. 24, 2023 UPDATE: The Public Services Building has reopened to the public. 

12/30/22: The Public Services Building will remain closed to the public until further notice due to the extensive water damage from a sprinkler/water line break,. All ...

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Posted on: December 26, 2022

Ankeny Fire responds to residential fire

The Ankeny Fire Department was dispatched to the 300 block of NW 9th Street today, Dec. 26 at 11:10 a.m. for a residential structure fire.

Initial arriving companies found smoke coming from the rear of the residence and heavy fire inside the kitch...

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Posted on: December 26, 2022

Ankeny Police thanks public for assistance in locating missing elderly male - UPDATED

UPDATE: Dec. 27, 2022 - John Janssen has been located safely and reunited with his family.  The Ankeny PD would like to thank the public for their help with this matter. 

Dec. 26, 2022 - The Ankeny Police Department is seeking assistance ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: December 23, 2022

Phone Scam Alert – Officer Impersonation

Today multiple citizens have contacted the Ankeny Police Department to report they had received a phone call from Lieutenant Brian Huggins of the Ankeny Police Department who told them they had warrants out for their arrest for failure to appear and conte...

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Posted on: December 21, 2022

Snow ordinance declared for City of Ankeny Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.

The City of Ankeny has declared a snow ordinance effective Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 24 at noon.  

  • No parking allowed on all public streets, alleys and on-street parking within the city when the snow ordinance is in effect....
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City News - News Release
Posted on: November 28, 2022

Local man charged with attempted murder after overnight shooting at local bar

On Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at roughly 1:30 a.m. the Ankeny Police Department responded to the Yankee Clipper, 312 SW Maple Street, on a report of a person shooting a gun in the parking lot.  As officers arrived, the subject attempted to leave and ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Celebrate the holidays in Ankeny

The City of Ankeny is proud to partner with The District at Prairie Trail and Uptown Ankeny to offer the following holiday events.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Fireworks

Make some memories at the Ankeny Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Fireworks S...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: November 22, 2022

Help the Ankeny Fire Department Fill the Fire Truck with Toys for Tots

The Ankeny Fire Department is asking for the community’s help to make sure that children in need can experience the excitement and joy of Christmas through the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

The Fire Department will h...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Ankeny Fire Department Offers Safety Tips to Avoid Kitchen Fires

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. The Ankeny Fire Department would like to offer some safety tips to help keep you safe in the kitchen this holiday season. 

Safety tips to prevent kitchen fires...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving holiday closures and delays

The City of Ankeny offices and facilities, including the Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library and the Albaugh Family Senior Community Center, will be closed Nov. 24-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Recycling will not be collected Thursda...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: November 7, 2022

Otter Creek Golf Course will close for the season Thursday, Nov. 10

Golf enthusiasts have just a few more days to enjoy a round of golf at Otter Creek Golf Course. The golf course and driving range will officially close for the season at the end of day Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.The Pro Shop will remain open to sell holiday ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: October 26, 2022

Policymakers evaluating public transit funding

The Iowa DOT and the DART Alternative Funding Advisory Committee are collecting feedback through a short, 1-minute survey available here.

About the Committee

DART has been working with the Iowa Legislature for several years to seek alternative fund...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: October 18, 2022

Ankeny Police taking unwanted prescription drugs Oct. 29

The Ankeny Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) want to help make homes safe by destroying all expired or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back D...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: October 14, 2022

Winterization schedule for Ankeny city parks

The City of Ankeny Park Maintenance team is in the process of preparing all of the parks and outdoor recreation facilities for winter. This work includes closing splash pads, restrooms and turning off water fountains for the winter months, please plan acc...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Ankeny Police Department arrests man on multiple charges

The Ankeny Police Department was recently provided a tip by the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce (ICAC) in regard to child exploitation/pornography.  After a collaborative investigation between the Ankeny PD and ICAC, Matthew J. Marcalu...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: October 3, 2022

Ankeny Fire Department hosts National Fire Prevention Week Open House

The Ankeny Fire Department invites the community to its annual Fire Prevention Week Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Fire Station Headquarters, 120 NW Ash Drive. National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15, 2022.

The Open House ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Sept. 16 Traffic Enforcement Project results

On Friday Sept. 16, 2022 the Ankeny Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau completed a traffic safety awar...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: September 14, 2022

Ankeny Police, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa DOT conducting traffic enforcement project

The Ankeny Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau will conduct a traffic safety awareness project...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: September 12, 2022

City of Ankeny Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City of Ankeny is pleased to announce it has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY 2023 Budget. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

Recipients of the D...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Des Moines Water Works asks customers to use lawn watering schedule

Sharing on behalf of our partner Des Moines Water Works

Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) and the City of Ankeny are asking residential and commercial customers to practice wise water use and follow a lawn watering schedule due to continued high nitrate concen...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Ankeny Police Department traffic safety awareness project this Friday

The Ankeny Police Department, in conjunction with the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau, will conduct a traffic safety awareness project in the City of Ankeny on Friday, June 24, 2022.  Offic...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: May 1, 2022

Celebrate EMS Week with the Ankeny Fire Department

In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, the Ankeny Fire Department will be hosting the Ankeny Fire Department EMS Week Open House and a Special Needs Open House. Both events will be held at the Ankeny Fire Department Headqu...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 21, 2022

Father arrested after investigation into shooting death of 4-year-old

Early this morning, Akeem Holmes turned himself in without incident for his involvement with a shooting that occurred on May 16. He was arrested and is currently in the Polk Co. Jail with the following charges: neglect of a dependent person, involuntary m...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 27, 2022

City of Ankeny to dedicate new park and host ice cream socials

The City of Ankeny Park Board invites the community to the Centennial Park Dedication and Ice Cream Social Tuesday, May 31, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at 2202 NW Reinhart Drive.

Located on the northwest side of Ankeny, Centennial Park features playground...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 3, 2022

Food Trucks, Live Music and More at Beats and Eats

The City of Ankeny is pleased to announce a new event for the community featuring food trucks, beer truck, live music and entertainment, family activities, yard games, the Uptown train and more. Join us for Beats and Eats at the Ankeny Market & Pavili...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Free Movies this Summer in Ankeny

The City of Ankeny is pleased to offer Movies Under the Stars this summer. Wagner Park transforms into an outdoor movie theater on select Friday nights in June and July. Bring family and friends along with a blanket, snacks and beverages to enjoy a movie ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: May 26, 2022

City of Ankeny population reaches new high

The U.S. Census Bureau issued a report today that estimates the population of Ankeny has reached 70,287, making it the 6th largest city in Iowa. The data is based on April 2021 census estimates.Ankeny has experienced tremendous growth over the past 20 yea...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: June 26, 2022

City of Ankeny offers free Yoga in the Park

The City of Ankeny is pleased to offer Yoga in the Park starting Saturday, May 28, at 8 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and a friend to enjoy one hour of free outdoor yoga every Saturday morning May 28 through Sept. 3 at Wagner Park.

Yoga in the Park is led by a dif...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: May 18, 2022

Four-Year-Old Shooting Victim Identified

On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 11:26 a.m. Ankeny Police went to 910 NE 5th St. for a four-year-old female with a gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries.

The victim is identified as Savannah Holmes ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Ankeny Police Respond to a Four-Year-Old with a Gunshot Wound

On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 11:26 a.m. Ankeny Police went to 910 NE 5th St. in reference to a four-year-old female with a gunshot wound.

Ankeny police officers and Ankeny Fire Department personnel went to the residence and began to treat the ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Celebrate Police Week at the Ankeny Police Week Community Picnic

In honor of National Police Week, the Ankeny Police Department invites the public to attend the 2022 Ankeny Police Week Community Picnic on Thursday, May 12, 4 – 7 p.m., at the Ankeny Police Headquarters, 411 S...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Ankeny Spring Cleanup and Recycling Events

The City of Ankeny is offering spring cleanup and recycling events for residents residing within the city limits during the months of May and June. The events include:Ankeny Spring Cleanup DaysSaturday, May 14, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.Sunday, May 15, Noon - 4 p.m....

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City News - News Release
Posted on: April 29, 2022

The Polk County Joint 911 Service Board Replaces SMART911 with RapidSOS Emergency Health Profiles

Sharing on behalf of Polk County Emergency Management

The Polk County Joint 911 Service Board recently voted to promote the use of the RapidSOS Emergency Health Profile that allows a caller’s real-time personal health and location information to ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: April 4, 2022

NOTICE OF CITY OF ANKENY PROPERTY PRESCRIBED BURNS

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Update:  The City of Ankeny will be conducting controlled burns in the following areas today:

  • Vintage Pond
  • Summerbrook Park

 

Monday, April 11, 2022 Update:  The City of Ankeny will be conducting controlled b...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Volunteers needed for the Earth Day Stream and Watershed Cleanup

Ankeny residents are invited to give back to the community by volunteering at the Earth Day Stream and Watershed Cleanup event on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 8 – 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the st...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Aquatics Job Fair

The City of Ankeny is hosting an Aquatics Job Fair Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Public Services Building, 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive.

Job seekers will learn about available aquatics summer jobs along with new benefits including increased w...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Ankeny Police investigate overnight shooting

 On Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at roughly 12:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to 713 SW 28th St. on the report of gunshots in area.  Officers did not find any victims or suspects when they arrived in the area, but did find multiple shell c...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Ankeny City Council Approves Property Tax Rate Decrease

The Ankeny City Council approved a decrease to the city’s property tax levy as part of its FY 2023 budget approval on Monday. This is the ninth consecutive year the Ankeny City Council has lowered the property tax rate. The new budget will go in...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Otter Creek Golf Course opens for the season March 23

Otter Creek Golf Course will open for the 2022 golf season Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 9 a.m. Reservations for tee times will be accepted starting Wednesday, March 16 at www.ottercreekankeny.com or by calling 515-965-6464. The pro shop will rema...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: March 10, 2022

UPDATE: LOCATED SAFE Ankeny Police seek assistance locating missing 15-year-old boy

**UPDATE** Kyler Vander Ploeg was located safe in Ankeny this afternoon. The Ankeny Police Department would like to thank the public for their help in this matter.   

The Ankeny Police Department is seeking the public’s assistan...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: March 2, 2022

Multiple arrests made in case involving shots fired at Ankeny officers

On March 1, after an extensive investigation, the Ankeny Police Department charged five juveniles with multiple crimes in regard to the incident  involving shots fired at Ankeny officers on Feb. 27. Investigators filed two counts of attempted mur...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: February 27, 2022

Shots fired at Ankeny Officers during traffic stop

On Saturday, Feb. 26 at roughly 10:54 p.m., Ankeny Police officers were dispatched to 1343 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy (Prairie Point Apts.) in reference to a large fight.  Seconds later, dispatch advised they were getting reports of multiple shots fir...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Notice of Public Hearing - Proposed Property Tax Levy

The Ankeny City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed property tax levy for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 on March 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library, located at 1250 S...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Ankeny Fire Department Responds to Apartment Fire

The Ankeny Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 109 NW College Avenue in Ankeny at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022.

When crews arrived on the scene they encountered smoke and fire coming from the roof of the apartment building....

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City News - News Release
Posted on: January 4, 2022

City of Ankeny to Hold Special Election

The City of Ankeny will hold a special election on March 29, 2022 to fill a seat on the City Council vacated by Mark Holm, who was elected Mayor in November and took office Jan. 1, 2022.Last night, the Ankeny City Council approved a resolution to set a sp...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: January 6, 2022

$500 Million Invested in Ankeny in 2021

The construction boom in Ankeny continued in 2021, making it another record year for the City. The City of Ankeny permitted a record amount of new investment valued at nearly $500 million in both commercial and residential construction. This is the third ...

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City News - News Release
Posted on: December 6, 2021

Albaugh Family Senior Community Center Grand Opening

The City of Ankeny and Polk County Board of Supervisors invite the community to a grand opening celebration for the new Albaugh Family Senior Community Center. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at 3 p.m. with a short program and a ribbon cu...

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