The Joplin City Council held a special meeting today to discuss the search for the City Manager position. During the closed session, Council members decided to reopen the search for candidates to apply. After selecting the top five applicants for final interviews, the pool recently narrowed to two because one candidate accepted another position, and other two candidates withdrew stating ‘for personal reasons’.
“It was the Council’s intent to bring three or four candidates to Joplin for interviews,” said Mayor Gary Shaw. “We owe it to our citizens to bring a strong panel of applicants for the position, so we’ve decided to re-start the process and start fresh in 2020.”
City Council will ask Strategic Government Resources, Keller, Texas, the search firm initially hired by the group, to repost the City of Joplin’s proposal seeking a City Manager. There will be no additional fee for this continued search fee.
“It is our hope to have a first look of potential candidates in early 2020,” said Shaw.