Cape Girardeau officials name new city engineer

Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Nashville, Tenn., area engineer has been hired as city engineer for Cape Girardeau, replacing the engineer who resigned in July.

Jay Stencel, 31, will begin his new job on Aug. 29.

Stencel had been city engineer of LaVergne, Tenn., a Nashville suburb with a population of 25,000.

Stencel said he's looking forward to heading up the engineering department in a growing community like Cape Girardeau.

He said Cape Girardeau is expanding, but not too fast. "I am a country boy and I enjoy the small-town atmosphere," he said.

He also has relatives in Cape Girardeau. Stencel's wife, Stephanie, grew up here.

That was one of the factors in taking the job, Stencel said.

Stencel and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons.

Assistant city engineer Abdul Alkadry has been directing the engineering department since Josh Richardson resigned.

Richardson resigned amid an investigation by the Illinois attorney general's office of pornographic images found on a computer in the McDonough County, Ill., highway department, where Richardson previously worked.

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