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KCMO announces finalists for city manager role

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 14:01:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Tuesday, Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced a list of four finalists for the city manager role.

The spot was vacated by Troy Schulte, who resigned in December 2019 to take a job with Jackson County.

Earnest Rouse has been serving as Interim City Manager since early December. He was previously the Assistant City Manager.

While looking for a replacement, Mayor Lucas said the city focused on finding someone who had managed a large institution before, finding someone who had worked in a city with a mix of neighborhood types like in Kansas City and finding someone who could jump in and pick up big projects like the construction of the new Kansas City International Airport.

"We're looking at how we can solve and address our future 10 years from now, 20 years from now," Lucas explained.

Lucas says the city is reacting to a lot of things - such as COVID-19 or civil rights issues - and that that doesn't mean it shouldn't stop planning for the future.

The four finalists include Milton Dohoney, Jr., who currently serves as the Assistant City manager in Phoenix.

Another finalist is Janice Jackson who currently works for a management consulting firm that services local governments, among other institutions, and is located in August, Georgia.

The third finalist is Kevin Jackson who is currently the Deputy City Manager of Long Beach, California.

The final candidate is Brian Platt, who serves as City Manager of Jersey City, New Jersey.

All four candidates will be in Kansas City in late September for on-site interviews and a chance for stakeholders and the public to ask questions of the candidates.

The city hopes to announce the selection for city manager at the beginning of January.