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Joplin's City Attorney resigns

The City of Joplin says city attorney Brian Head is resigning from his position and will be taking a job in Lee's Summit, Missouri.


I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the position of City

Attorney in Lee's Summit, Missouri. I have very much enjoyed my years in Joplin and I will miss my amazing friends and the folks that I consider family here in Joplin. We accomplished much during my tenure including moving City Hall to the Newman Building, purchase and construction of the athletic complex, a new and improved airport terminal and the amazing clean up and rebuilding that occurred after the tornado. We have also set the stage for an amazing redevelopment with the Wallace Bajjali agreements and all that has followed. Lee's Summit is about twice the size of Joplin and will provide me with additional opportunity for profession growth. It also puts me much closer to family.

Joplin is poised for great things and tremendous growth. My last day as Joplin City Attorney will be May 16.



With 17 years of municipal experience and significant accomplishments in disaster response, economic development and human resources, the City of Lee’s Summit is proud to announce the selection of Brian W. Head as the organization’s new City Attorney.

Head will begin working at the City on Wednesday, June 4. He has been serving as city attorney for the municipality of Joplin, Mo., since August 2001.

“I look forward to living and working in Lee’s Summit. The community is well known for its quality of life and its citizen oriented approach to government. I hope to bring my experience in redevelopment and focus in creative problem solving to the organization in an effort to assist the City as it moves into the future,” said Head.

Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo said, “Brian has the leadership skills and municipal law experience that will help us meet the City Council’s goals such as economic growth and retention. His personality and management style should work very well with members of our Law Department, Management Team and entire staff.”

Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads reiterated Brian’s managerial strength and stated: “We look forward to Brian joining the City staff and working with the City Council on issues that come before us.”

In his new position with the City of Lee’s Summit, Head replaces Teresa Williams, who resigned from the City on November 30, 2013. Since December 2013, Rich Wood, a former deputy city attorney for Lee’s Summit, has served as the organization’s acting city attorney.

In regard to Wood’s interim capacity with the City, City Manager Arbo said, “I am very pleased with how well our community has been served by Rich Wood while we searched for a permanent replacement. We greatly appreciate his assistance during this transition.”

When Head begins with the City on June 4, he will be responsible for management of the Law Department consisting of the Civil and Criminal divisions.

He brings to the City extensive experience in disaster response, economic development, infrastructure improvements, human resources, and corporate governance.

Many of these dynamic skills were utilized extensively during the weeks and months following the EF-5 tornado that devastated the close-knit community of Joplin in 2011. Among his initial duties was providing knowledge about federal and state regulations to ensure clean-up efforts could proceed without delays and were respectful to citizens.

He also negotiated two extensive agreements related to the tornado area for the City regarding economic development projects and land acquisitions that could result in nearly $800 million in new development in the City at full build out.

Head was also instrumental in providing leadership to other important projects in Joplin. Here are some of those efforts:

  • Evaluated and negotiated the transition from a fully insured healthcare benefit for city employees to a self-insured system.
  • Negotiated purchase of the historic Newman Building for use as the new City Hall
  • Drafted and negotiated the agreement to provide for a trash service franchise that reduced the average residential monthly trash fee by more than 50%.
Prior to his position with the City of Joplin, he served as assistant city attorney for the City Attorney’s Office in St. Joseph, Mo., from July 1999 to August 2001 and held the same position in the City Attorney’s Office in Joplin from October 1996 to July 1999. He was a law clerk for the City Counselor’s Office in Columbia, Mo., from May 1995 to October 1996.

He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. His educational background also includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and several professional organizations, including the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the Missouri Municipal Attorney’s Association, where he serves as president.

Head hails from the north-central Missouri town of Milan where he grew up and attended high school.

Please join the City of Lee’s Summit in welcoming Brian Head to the community and the City organization.

- See more at: http://www.cityofls.net/City-of-Lees-Summit/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2825/City-Selects-Brian-W-Head-as-City-Attorney.aspx#sthash.voallyCX.dpuf

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