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New Jersey article confuses KCMO leaders about city manager position

Kansas City Hall
Posted at 11:25 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 00:25:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A tweet from Kansas City, Missouri, councilwoman Heather Hall created some buzz Tuesday night concerning the next city manager.

"Tonight I got an article from a NJ news source saying Brian Platt will be the new City Manager for Kansas City," Hall tweeted. "Strange, because the KCMO Charter requires a vote of the entire council to occur before there can be an offer. This has not happened as of today."

Hall tweeted a screenshot of an article from the Jersey City Times, which showed a picture of Brian Platt with the caption: Kansas City Here I Come.

That article has since been taken down.

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KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas' spokesperson, Morgan Said, provided the following statement regarding the article to 41 Action News:

As required by City Charter, and has been discussed openly and regularly since the departure of former City Manager Schulte, the Mayor will provide a recommendation to the City Council—based in no small part on the majority of Council’s conversations with him—regarding who he believes should serve as Kansas City manager. The Council must then codify this recommendation by a majority vote. No formal job offer is extended and presumably no candidate is separated from their place of employment until a contract has been signed.

Platt is one of four candidates for the position vacated by former city manager Troy Schulte, who announced his retirement in September 2019. Whoever is hired is expected to start on January 4, 2021.

The other three finalists are Milton Dohoney, Jr., who currently serves as the Assistant City manager in Phoenix; Janice Jackson, who currently works for a management consulting firm that services local governments, among other institutions, and is located in August, Georgia; and Kevin Jackson, who currently is the deputy city manager of Long Beach, California.