|Samuel Anselm has been chosen assistant city manager, according to an announcement by Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr. Anselm, a former assistant to the city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, will assume responsibilities on April 4, 2011.
In his role at Ferguson Anselm coordinated the economic development effort for the city and provided oversight management of human resources, information technology and community relations. In addition, he assisted the city manager on special projects and served as acting city manager as needed.
Prior to his position in Ferguson, Anselm worked as the volunteer specialist in human resources at the city of St. Peter's, Missouri. In this job he was responsible for recruitment, training and supervision of 500 volunteers as well as administering customer service programs and annual salary plans for St. Peter's. He began his work at St. Peter's in 1998 as an intern in the city administration offices and joined the purchasing and finance department as purchasing specialist. In this position he reviewed all capital expenditures to ensure adherence to the city's $2.5 million capital budget and updated the city's purchasing policy manual creating a database of 1,000 vendors.
"Sam will be a great asset for the city of Joplin," Rohr said. "He has over 12 years of experience in the public sector and is familiar with the numerous services that a city provides its citizens. Sam has managed several different city departments in his previous jobs; so his knowledge of these areas will benefit our organization as well as our citizens."
Anselm holds a master's degree in public policy administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in public administration from Northwest Missouri State University. His employment throughout his career has been in public service and he stated his commitment to this field in a letter to the city of Joplin.
"I enjoy the unique challenges of being a public servant, and I have no greater satisfaction than when I can resolve a concern or an issue for a resident or a fellow employee," he wrote. "I believe there is no higher calling than a career in public service, and I wake up every day looking forward to the opportunities that will come to serve my community."
Rohr noted that the City received much interest for this position, including several local applicants. "I was pleased with the number of candidates who applied, including many applicants from the immediate area," he said. "As we went through the hiring process for the position, I felt it was important to select someone who had significant public sector experience, which will allow him to contribute immediately to fill the needs the city of Joplin currently has."
Anselm will start with an annual salary of $70,483. He and his wife Jennifer have three children.