Updated 2/26/2014 7:16 p.m. CST: A new job for Joplin's former city's manager could save taxpayer money.
Former city manager Mark Rohr has received a job offer from League City, TX - a city near Houston.
Joplin council member Ben Rosenberg says the move would put money back into the city's account.
"I don't think he was a good fit in joplin any more, but he may be a real good fit down in Texas," said Rosenberg.
Rosenberg made the motion to oust Rohr.
Tuesday, League City council members voted to hire Rohr in an 8-0 vote.
"We need that experience we haven't had anybody with that experience in our city in a long time," said League City Council Member Geri Bentley.
Rohr has yet to accept the position, although council members in league city look forward to his arrival.
"I think he is right fit for our city," said Bentley.
Rosenberg says, if Rohr accepts the position Joplin will no longer have to pay severance pay.
Rohr's annual salary plus longevity pay is about $157,000 according to public information officer Lynn Onstot.
For severance, Rohr is receiving a little over $13,000 per month, for up to six months.
If the former city manager accepts the new position in Texas, his severance pay would be added to the city's general funds account.
The League City council will consider a contract for Rohr at the next city council meeting.
Former Joplin city manager Mark Rohr will now serve the League City, TX community.
From the League City Website:
The League City City Council voted 8-0 on Tuesday night to name Mark Rohr city manager. The decision comes after three months of work with search firm Strategic Government Resources (SGR).
SGR and the City Council conducted interviews with the top four candidates Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23. City Council announced their decision to hire Rohr after an executive session at the Tuesday night Council meeting. Council directed staff to negotiate an employment contract and bring it back for a vote at the next City Council meeting.
"We are very pleased to welcome Mark to League City. His track record of leadership and his vast municipal experience will compliment our City staff's expertise and Council's vision for the City," said Mayor Tim Paulisssen.
Mark Rohr has 31 years of local government experience and served as city manager for Joplin, Missouri, from 2004 until 2014. He previously held city manager positions for the cities of Piqua, Ohio; Punta Gorda, Florida; Washington Court House, Ohio; and Newton Falls, Ohio. Rohr holds a Masters of Public Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rohr replaces Mike Loftin who served as City Manager from April 2012 to October 2013. Since Loftin's resignation John Baumgartner has served as Acting City Manager. Baumgartner will resume his role as Deputy City Manager.