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August 19, 2013

UPDATE: Joplin loses third key person from Public Works Department

UPDATE, 8/19/13, 12:51 p.m. -- Assistant Public Works Director Jack Schaller said in a letter to city officials today announcing his resignation that he has been offered a job with a leading engineering firm that is looking at expanding its role with the city of Joplin.

Schaller will be the office manager and lead engineer for that unnamed firm.

"It is an exciting opportunity for me to be able to go to work for this top 150 engineering company and my hope is that I will be able to continue to use my talents to serve the city of Joplin, and also expand my influence with all the relevant experience I have gained to help the surrounding Joplin region and to help them succeed and plan for growth that the resurgence of Joplin will bring ..."

Aug. 30 will be Schaller's last day on the job.

His resignation leaves another hole in a city department that seen key staff changes in recent weeks.

Last month, City Manager Mark Rohr demoted David Hertzberg, the public works director, and initiated a probe into the loss of about $150,000 in uncollected and unbilled revenue over the past 14 years from the Public Works Department.

That was followed by the resignation of Joplin's chief building inspector and code enforcement officer, Steve Cope.

Hertzberg is now the city's Community Development Block Grant project manager.

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A third key person in the Joplin Public Works Department has resigned.

Jack Schaller, assistant public works director, turned in his resignation earlier today, according to Brian Head, city attorney.

Head referred other questions to city officials.

A call to reach Sam Anselm, the assistant city manager who has temporarily taken over as director of the Public Works Department, has not been returned yet today.

 

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