By Debby Woodin
Globe Staff Writer
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A new human resources director begins work today with the city of Joplin.
Dave Allgood, of Miami, Okla., has been hired as the director of human resources and risk management. He succeeds Reba Snavely, who retired April 1. She had held the position since 2007.
Sam Anselm, Joplin’s assistant city manager, said Allgood most recently worked for O’Reilly Automotive as corporate claims manager at the company’s Springfield headquarters.
Before that, he worked as vice president of risk management and workers’ compensation with Mutual Assurance Administrators in Oklahoma City. Before that job, he was employed for 17 years as vice president of risk management and human resources for Sitton Motor Line in Joplin.
The city had 26 applicants for the job, Anselm said, and six finalists were interviewed.
The hiring of a new human resources director recently prompted a discussion among City Council members about the city’s residency requirements for employees.
Anselm told the council at a meeting earlier this month that the city has an ordinance that requires that department heads live inside the city limits. He said there was a candidate for the human resources position who lives about eight miles outside Joplin and cannot move into the city because of a family obligation. He asked the council to waive the requirement for discussions with that candidate. He did not name the applicant.
Some council members said they preferred that city employees live inside the city limits of Joplin.
Others said they wanted the city to hire the best person for the position, regardless of residency.
City Manager Mark Rohr said the regulation might be more important for a police chief or fire chief, who would need to be concerned about responding quickly to an emergency.
Councilman Mike Seibert made a motion to waive the requirement. The council voted 6-2 to approve the waiver.