Communications & Media Inquiries

The City of Urbandale values the opportunity to provide information to the media, residents, businesses, and stakeholders. If you would like to receive press releases or media advisories from the City of Urbandale please e-mail at Derek Zarn and request to be added to the list.

Media Inquiries, Interviews & Requests

Reporters, film crews, editors, producers, and persons in similar occupations should contact and work directly with Derek Zarn, Urbandale's Communications Specialist. Derek will assist you in scheduling interviews with staff and elected officials as well as allocating resources and finding locations for filming in Urbandale. The Communications Team ensures that the Urbandale community is kept well informed by helping to promote awareness of events, programs, initiatives, services, and opportunities in Urbandale. Please email your requests to Derek Zarn, 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.

About the Team

The City's external and internal communications efforts are led by Derek Zarn, Communications Specialist. 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
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.