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February 25, 2014

Rohr expected to be hired today in Texas

JOPLIN, Mo. —

 Joplin’s former city manager is expected to be named city manager of League City, Texas, by the City Council there in a 6 p.m. meeting today.

“If all goes well, he’ll be named city manager,” said League City Councilman Todd Kinsey by phone Tuesday afternoon of Mark Rohr, who was fired by the Joplin City Council on Feb. 4.

“We’re scheduled to go into executive session and have an action item to vote and appoint him,” said Kinsey.

The meeting will be live streamed at 6 p.m. on the city of League City’s website, www.leaguecity.com, Kinsey said.

Asked why Rohr is considered the pick of the four candidates the council invited there for interviews that started on Friday, Kinsey said, “He’s a dynamic change agent is how I perceive Mark, and I think that’s what our city needs right now.

“In a decade we’ve gone from 35,000 to 90,000  in population, so we’re experiencing explosive growth.

“I think Mark’s the kind of guy, especially with the experiences of the horrible disaster you went through, to go through that and come out of that with the limited debt you have. Our debt has just exploded over the last few city managers.”

League City is near Galveston and is vulnerable to hurricanes.

Efforts to reach Rohr for comment were unsuccessful.

Rohr was fired after presentation of an investigative report some Joplin City Council members contend was to focus on council members but grew to include Rohr.

Councilman Benjamin Rosenberg introduced a resolution to terminate Rohr. Councilman Bill Scearce said he had requested the city attorney to prepare the resolution before the meeting to hear the results of the probe. Scearce said he had several other documents made up by the city attorney, Brian Head, to cover the procedures for handling council resignations or censures if any of those took place.

Rohr’s annual base salary in Joplin was $156,909. With longevity pay added, his monthly pay was $13,206. He is to be paid that amount as severance for up to six months or until he is employed elsewhere.

 

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