- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- A message from heaven (1/23/17)
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march (1/22/17)90
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
Improving city services
Cape Girardeau is expected to hire a new city engineer within a few days. Mayor Jay Knudtson has promised the new engineer will be someone who will run a department that emphasizes customer service.
The city has been without a city engineer since Mark Lester resigned Feb. 18. Lester and two engineers from his former staff have started their own engineering company.
The city's engineering department currently is staffed by only one civil engineer, Adbul Alkadry. Public works director Tim Gramlin, a licensed engineer, is temporarily running the department.
Every city department ought to be responsive to the public. The mayor and the city council have shown they are serious about responding to the public's needs.
In recent years, other personnel changes have been made with the ultimate goal of offering city services that are efficient and responsive to the community's needs.
Not all of the glitches have been eliminated, but it's good to see the city's leadership is willing to take steps to improve customer relations at city hall.