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New Joplin city manager may be at least another six months away

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Several new members of Joplin's city council say a priority on their list is hiring a new city manager.  But the process might not be as quick as some residents would like.

"The city manager puts in place the direction of city council," says Mayor Mike Seibert.

Joplin's new mayor wants to ensure city council has a continuous direction.  Sam Anselm is Joplin's interim city manager.  City council continues its search for city manager.

"If he has interest in the job, I hope he'll apply.  But ultimately, he'll have to be measured against all the applicants to see who is the best choice," says Councilman Mike Woolston.

Six search firms have responded to the city's request for help to fill the position.  

"They specialize in the governmental search for employment," says Mayor Seibert.

City council will meet later this month, on April 29, to choose one firm for the job.  Council members expect the search firm's fee to be between $30,000 to $35,000.

"And once that search firm has been identified, it could take up to an additional six months before we actually have a city manager," says Mayor Seibert.

Councilman Woolston says former city manager Mark Rohr's salary, including compensation and benefits, was about $200,000 at the time city council fired him.  Joplin's new city manager may be paid the same.

"I think it's important that we get absolutely the right person.  And if that comes at a little higher cost, then I'd think we'd be smart to pay that little higher cost, given how long that person will be here, what kind of effect they'll have on our future, and the impact their decisions and their management style will have on the city," says Councilman Woolston.

Joplin also needs to hire a new city attorney.  Watch the associated video for more information on this process.
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