McCoy becomes interim city manager for fourth time
January 06, 2004
Joplin City Council named Harold McCoy, Public Works Director and Deputy City Manager, as Interim City Manager at a closed session on Monday, January 5, 2004. The meeting was closed in accordance with the Missouri’s Sunshine Law (Section 610.021 (3) RSMo) as it pertained to the hiring, firing, disciplining, or promotion of an employee.

McCoy will serve as Interim City Manager due to the resignation of City Manager Steve Lewis. Lewis announced his resignation on December 19, 2003, with an effective date of January 18, 2004 to take the City Administrator position of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

“The Council wants to continue the momentum of the numerous projects we have in the upcoming year,” said Mayor Richard Russell. “Harold will be able to provide the continuity and the expertise to implement the workload necessary to do this. Some of these projects include solid waste franchising efforts, the transition of the City serving as downtown parking authority, as well as the Newman Building project in which City Hall operations will move to this historic downtown building. Harold has a comprehensive understanding of these projects and we’re confident in his skills to successfully direct their completion.”

McCoy has previously served as the Interim City Manager in 1983, 1986 and in 1994.

“I appreciate the support of the Council,” said McCoy. “The work plan is evident in the budget for this fiscal year. We have some challenges ahead of us, as most cities do in this economic environment, but I am confident that we can accomplish these with the support of the Council and the community.”

McCoy will assume the City Manager duties on an interim basis January 19, 2004, and will receive compensation of $105,841 annually, which is the same level of the current City Manager. McCoy has been with the City for 45 years.

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