- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
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.