The City of Cape Girardeau Accelerates City Manager Search

Members of the Cape Girardeau City Council held a meeting through zoom Monday with seven semi-finalists for the city manager job that will be vacated in June by the retiring Scott Meyer. Officials say fifty-six individuals made applications by the city’s deadline of February 28, 2021. Scott Meyer will retire after leading Missouri’s 16th largest city for a dozen years making him the longest-tenured manager in municipal history. Cape Girardeau’s hiring consultant Mark Peterson of GovHR USA will meet with the city council on Monday in a closed session, because it is a personal matter, to review applicants’ qualifications with a goal of choosing three to five finalists for the job, officials say. Those finalists will make their way to Cape Girardeau on April 14, 15 and 16 for in-person interviews, a tour of the city and meetings with municipal staff, officials say. Officials anticipate on hiring a new city manager in early May at the city council’s first meeting that month. The nine page hiring brochure, said that all of the applicants should have a minimum of seven years of “increasingly responsible managerial experience in local government as well as a postgraduate degree in public administration or a related field of study is preferred but not required.

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