The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 22, 2013

New Neosho finance director assumes job

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho has a new finance director — again.

Daphne Pevahouse began her new job last week. She has worked in the city’s finance department since 2009. She formerly was the city’s assistant finance manager and accounting manager.

Pevahouse is the city’s third finance director in less than a year. She replaces Pete Ramsour, who began in November 2012. City Manager Troy Royer declined to discuss Ramsour’s departure, saying only that it was a personnel matter. Ramsour on Monday declined to make any statement.

Ramsour, upon being hired about five months ago, said he had a desire to bring stability to the position, noting that there had been three finance directors in three years.

Ramsour was hired after Jane Obert was fired in September 2012. She had started in the post on Sept. 26, 2011.

The city had a financial crisis in 2009, when a $1 million budget shortfall was revealed. Former City Manager Jan Blase acknowledged that the city had misused a state loan and other restricted funds to make payroll and pay city bills. City officials laid off 25 percent of the city’s employee roster.

The city now has a healthy budget surplus, and many of the laid-off workers have been rehired.

Pevahouse will be responsible for budget preparation, bond compliance, payroll, billing collections and overseeing the city’s finances.

“I have seen the city make tremendous improvements in all areas,” Pevahouse said in a city news release. “We have come very far, but we are not finished. Our city is a beautiful place to live, and I want to continue to work with the council, the employees and the citizens to continue our recovery.”

Royer said Pevahouse served as interim finance director between Obert and Ramsour, and that he has full confidence in her.

“She’s shown me over the time I’ve been here she is more than capable of doing that job,” Royer said. “I do have expectations, and I will continue to strive to ensure that we continue on a positive road.”

Credit rating

CREDIT RATING AGENCY Standard & Poor’s last month gave the city of Neosho an “A” credit rating, the agency’s third-highest score. It is the city’s second “A” rating in two years.