City Manager's Office


The city manager is responsible for the general management of the city as defined by state statute, city charter, city code, and City Council directives. This office works with the city’s department directors and staff to advise the City Council on policy options concerning the organization and the activities of city departments. This general function may take a number of forms including: 

  • Coordination of daily operations
  • Long-range development of the city
  • Preparation of the annual budget
  • Development and implementation of personnel regulations, financial, and administrative policies
  • Other actions as required by the mayor and City Council or code of ordinances

Also included within the city manager’s office are special projects that are city-supported services not housed within specific departments. 


Staff in the City Manager’s Office includes an Executive Assistant and the Public Information Officer (PIO). The City Manager’s Office also oversees the fleet maintenance division.


The Public Information Officer develops and manages the community relations program for the city. This includes actively seeking citizen involvement before, during and after the development and implementation of city programs, services, and events through a variety of communication vehicles. 

Additionally, the PIO communicates relevant city information to employees on a regular basis and serves as a point of contact for citizen inquiries. The PIO also serves as the city’s liaison to the media, assisting them in obtaining information and interviews and serving as city spokesperson as directed. 

Economic Development 

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is under contract to serve as the lead marketing organization for the city’s economic development efforts. The City Manager’s Office and support departments work closely with the Chamber in assisting major industries on issues that affect their future by identifying needed state and local resources for existing, new, and expanding companies in Joplin.