About the City Manager's Office 

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer for the City and is appointed by the Iowa City City Council.

The City Manager implements policy decisions of the City Council and enforces City ordinances. In addition, he or she appoints and directly supervises the directors of the City's operating departments and supervises the administration of the City's personnel system and further supervises the official conduct of City employees including their employment, training, compensation, reclassification, discipline and discharge.

The position also oversees administration of City contracts, execution of public improvements, as well as construction, improvement, and maintenance of all City facilities. 

Budget responsibilities include preparing a proposed annual budget and submitting it to the City Council for consideration and final approval consistent with State law, along with presenting recommendations and programs to the City Council.

Geoff Fruin, City Manager 

An image of Geoff Fruin.

Geoff Fruin has served as Iowa City’s City Manager since August 2016.

Geoff started his career in Iowa City in 2011 and served as the Assistant to the City Manager and later as the Assistant City Manager for Iowa City.

Preceding his employment with Iowa City, Geoff spent more than seven years with the Town of Normal, Illinois where he held several positions concluding with his role as Assistant City Manager.

Before serving in local government, Geoff worked as a research assistant for the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as an intern with both the Chicago Transit Authority and the William J. Clinton presidential administration at the White House in Washington, D.C.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Geoff and his wife Jenny reside in Iowa City and have three children.

Geoff can be reached by calling 319-356-5013 or e-mailing

Rachel Kilburg, Assistant City Manager
Rachel Kilburg

Rachel Kilburg has served as Iowa City’s Assistant City Manager since June 2020.

Prior to coming to Iowa City, Rachel served as Senior Budget and Financial Analyst for the City of Dubuque. In her six-year tenure with the City of Dubuque, she also worked in the Economic Development Department and Transportation Services Department, and co-led committees on equity and high-performing government.

In addition to her municipal experience, Rachel has previously served as an English language tutor for adult immigrants and a volunteer grassroots organizer. She earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Politics and in Spanish from Loras College and is currently pursuing her graduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Rachel can be reached by calling 319-356-5014 or e-mailing