Members of the Cape Girardeau City Council held a meeting through zoom Monday with seven semi-finalists for the city manager job being vacated in June by the retiring Scott Meyer. Officials say fifty-six individuals made application by the city’s deadline of February 28, 2021. Scott Meyer will retire fter 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 an eye toward 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 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.