The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 19, 2013

Your View: Hidden agenda?

JOPLIN, Mo. — Upon seeing the initial headline regarding the Joplin City Council’s actions against City Manager Mark Rohr, my heart sank. I was afraid we were losing the best city manager I can ever remember.

However, it took only a few sentences into the article to see what was truly happening. It appears that some on the council certainly had an agenda, but little did they know that their actions and votes were public record ... uh-oh. Thank you, Joplin Globe.

It’s been quite amusing to see the mayor and the four council members who voted against Rohr backpedal since the Globe’s publication. The entire debacle smacks of unethical, manipulative behavior from a few. Since it became public, councilman Benjamin Rosenberg, who initiated the vote because he “did not like his (Rohr’s) management style,” is now ready to move forward and “make him the best city manager he can be.” Well, Mr. Rosenberg, Mark Rohr does not need you for that, nor does the city of Joplin need you if this is the way you conduct business.

 Mr. Scearce, to you I say, it appears you have too much time on your hands if it is spent contacting other states to find dirt on our master developer. Time, I might add, that could be well spent correcting your attitude and trying to work with the city manager and for the city of Joplin rather than against it.

 As for the mayor, I’m still in the dark as to why she denied repeated requests to have the city attorney present for the vote. Could the reason be so she could change her vote once outside of chambers and en route to the city manager’s office? Appears so.  

Lastly, why would you ask Mr. Rohr to resign when you have not spoken with him first about your areas of concern or recommendations for improvement; and most importantly, if you wanted rid of him, why then award him with a merit raise? That does not make sense and seems too coincidental that the timing comes right on the heels of the shake-up with the Public Works Department. We’ll see.

Mayor Colbert-Kean, Mr. Rosenberg, Mr. Scearce, Jack Golden and Trisha Raney, to each of you I would say, “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”

Teresa Babcock


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