Meet the City Manager

Cindy Steinhauser


Cindy Steinhauser became the first female City Manager for the City of Frankfort on June 8, 2017.  She is one of only a handful of women who serve as city manager for a state capital.

Prior to coming to Frankfort, Cindy worked in Dubuque, Iowa since January 1995  where she served as Neighborhood Development Specialist, Parking System Supervisor and most recently as Assistant City Manager, serving in that capacity since May 2001. She also previously worked in downtown development for the cities of Dubuque, Iowa and Clinton, Iowa. Originally from Dubuque, Cindy graduated from Loras College with a Degree in Finance and a Degree in Economics. She has also completed additional coursework and received certifications in Local Government Management through the International City Manager’s Association (ICMA), the Economics of Downtown Redevelopment and in Community Initiated Development from the National Main Street Center.

Throughout her career, Cindy has worked on many activities involving community planning and visioning. Examples of projects she has been involved with include leadership training, serving as a city liaison to citizens and neighborhood associations, Urban Renewal and Urban Revitalization projects, transportation enhancement and planning projects, neighborhood planning, historic preservation and leading the city’s design team for key infrastructure projects including a convention center parking facilities, historic city buildings, and numerous parks. She also served as co-manager for the city improvement projects for the $200 million America’s River development. Her other projects include implementation of the downtown masterplan, warehouse district revitalization strategy, flood mitigation project  implementation of the Intercultural Competency Initiatives, Arts & Culture strategy and sustainability initiatives. In 2017 she received the Women of Achievement Award.

She was the first recipient of the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of the first cultural corridor recipients and Great Places designation by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2017 All- America City Award from the National Civic League. She was also received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1994 & 1995 by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Cindy is an active member of ICMA, serving as the chair of the Sustainable Community Advisory Committee as well as serving on the International Committee and the Editorial Board Research Committee. She is a member of the Kentucky City/County Management Association. She previously served on the board of several art, downtown redevelopment, tourist and educational organizations. She also served on the Technical Advisory Committee for ICLEI - a national advisory board to develop criteria for the STAR Community Index program.