Members of the Cape Girardeau City Council received a briefing on the progress on the hiring of a new city manager to take the place of Scott Meyer, who will retire on June 30, 2021 during a closed door session from GovHR USA consultant Mark Peterson. Scott Meyer became Cape Girardeau’s city manager in July of 2009 after he worked as Southeast Missouri State University’s director of facilities management for four years. Officials say selected stockholders have been interviewed for the position and every single council member and city staff person completed a survey that asked them to identify qualities they want the next city manager to have and after they looked over the surveys they were able to identify half-dozen characteristics that were wanted. These qualities include being a relationship builder, Exceptional leader, Analytical innovator, and three others. Officials recently presented the first draft of a position announcement and they will have another meeting with city council members again on either December 7th or 18th, 2020. A job posting for this position will be sent out by certain publications, social media and the websites of the city and GovHR USA between January 10th and 15th 2021. Officials say the expected start date for the city’s new city manager is June 21, 2020. This will provide the new city manager with some days of overlap with Scott Meyer, prior to his retirement.