The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 19, 2014

Mark Rohr a finalist for Texas job

— Mark Rohr is one of four finalists for the job as city manager of League City, Texas.

Rohr, who was fired during a controversial Joplin City Council meeting earlier this month, and the other finalists will be interviewed by the City Council there from Friday through Sunday, according to Kristi Wyatt, director of communications for League City.

The other finalists are Jack Hamlett, who formerly was city manager of Rosenberg, Texas; Michael Morrison, who is interim city manager at Irving Texas; and Mark Yearwood, who has been assistant city manager of Lubbock, Texas, for 21 years.

League City has a population of about 90,000 residents. It is located about 40 miles from Sugar Land, Texas, where Joplin’s master developer firm, Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, is headquartered.

Rohr’s late-night dismissal on Feb. 4 at the conclusion of a probe that was intended to focus on two City Council members has produced a flurry of public opinion with a number of residents speaking out against the council’s action.

 Two residents appeared before the Joplin City Council on Tuesday night to question the motives and performance of some members of the council and the mayor in the wake of Rohr’s ouster.

Rohr was fired “without cause” and the city has declined to release a portion of the investigation report pertaining to him, saying it is a personnel issue.



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