The Joplin City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of City Manager Sam Anselm during the closed session of the Special Council Meeting held March 11, 2019. Mayor Gary Shaw reassures the citizens that the City is moving forward, and work will continue as usual.
“We would like to thank Sam for his leadership over the last eight years and recognize his efforts in leading the City of Joplin in its recovery effort since the 2011 tornado. Joplin has been recognized across the nation because of its excellent recovery and how it has rebuilt, and Sam has helped lead us through this recovery each step of the way. We wish Sam and his family the very best in their next chapter.”
The City Council appointed Dan Pekarek, Director of the City’s Health Department, to serve as Interim City Manager during this time. Pekarek holds 33 years of service with the City. He serves as chairman of several health-related boards in the community, including Jasper and Newton Counties Community Health Collaborative and Jasper and Newton Counties Emergency Healthcare Coalition. He also is a member of the One Joplin Steering team and One Joplin Health Team.
The City Council will discuss its next steps to hire a new City Manager in an upcoming meeting.