Communications & Media Inquires

The City of Urbandale values the opportunity to provide information that is professional, informative, open, proactive, and on-brand to the media, residents, business and stakeholders. 

Media Inquires & Requests 

Are you writing a story about Urbandale? Are you looking for data or information about the City but don't know where to start? The City of Urbandale's Communications Specialist is happy to assist you. We want to help ensure that our community is kept well informed by promoting awareness of events, programs, initiatives, services, and opportunities in Urbandale. Please email your requests to Derek Zarn, dzarn@urbandale.org or text/call 515-380-1741.

History and Role

A communications and marketing role was formally added to the City organization in July 2017. This role supports the City of Urbandale’s strategic priorities and the organizational mission of being a financially responsible government providing exceptional quality municipal services, which are responsive to community needs, making Urbandale a great place to live.

Meet the Team

The City's external and internal communications efforts are led by Derek Zarn, Communications Specialist and Curtis Brown, Assistant City Manager/Economic Development Director. Internally, one or two staff members from each department represent the Communications Team. These employees provide departmental and professional perspectives on communications.

Derek Zarn

Derek Zarn
Communications Specialist
City of Urbandale, Iowa
e-mail: dzarn@urbandale.org
mobile: 515-380-1741

Derek joined the City of Urbandale in July of 2017 and received his Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University. Derek has held various positions in design, marketing, and technology at the City of Ames, Iowa State University, and private industry.