- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
The new manager
Cape Girardeau's new city manager is expected to hit the ground running when he starts work July 1. Scott Meyer, a longtime Cape Girardeau resident with an exceptional background at Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Department of Transportation, was named to the position after a nationwide search by the city council and mayor.
These city officials are to be commended for the process used to select the new city manager. Under the leadership of Councilman John Voss, a careful and analytical evaluation was developed that could serve -- and probably will -- as a model for other cities involved in similar searches.
Meyer's resume includes director of facilities management at the university since 2005. Before that, he was Southeast District engineer for MoDOT for nine years. At the university, Meyer oversaw the construction of the River Campus, the aquatic center, a parking facility and a new residence hall. While Meyer was at MoDOT, the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge was one of the key projects completed.
Meyer's role at MoDOT involved considerable involvement with the public and with government officials. He is admired for his openness and his willingness to address problems and needs in a forthright manner. These attributes should serve Meyer well in his new position.