From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin’s recovery since the May 2011 tornado has been impressive, former Mayor Larry Hickey said Friday during a reunion of a half-dozen former mayors of the city.
“It has been overwhelming; what’s happened since then is going to make Joplin better,” said Hickey, who lead the city council from 1968 to 1972.
The reunion, held at Central Christian Center, was organized by Councilman Gary Shaw, who served as Joplin mayor from 2008 to 2010.
He said he and Darieus Adams, now Western District Associate Jasper County Commissioner, developed the idea for the gatherngs.
“This is the third one we’ve had, but the first since the tornado,” said Shaw. “There are 12 Joplin mayors still living; we had nine mayors at the last one.”
Also on hand, along with Hickey, Shaw and Adams, were former Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, Phil Stinnett and Richard Russell.