The search is about to start for Cape Girardeau’s next city manager. City officials will meet with a consultant on Monday to layout both the process and timeline to hire a replacement for currant City Manager Scott Meyer, who is going to retire in June. Officials say deciding on a city manager is the most important job a (city) council can do. The City Council is hiring GovHR vice president Mark Peterson to guide the search and he has spent the majority of his career in municipal administration. When he retires in June, Meyer will have served as City manager for longer than any other in Cape Girardeau’s history. When he took over as city manager he had no previous experience as a city manager. Before becoming City Manager he worked for four years as director of facilities management for Southeast Missouri State University and before that he worked as district engineer for the Southeast office of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Officials anticipate the search will cost the city around $24,000.