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Posted on: December 28, 2023

Message from the Mayor

message from the mayor

As we come to a close of the year 2023, the last nine months have been a busy but rewarding time for me as your mayor. I have been able to meet a lot of my fellow citizens at many events in the city of Ozark. I have come to appreciate the great staff we have in the city of Ozark, and it has been my pleasure to serve along-side the Board of Aldermen in 2023.

I was not expecting as mayor to be replacing our city administrator, but after twenty faithful years as the Ozark City Administrator, Steve Childrens is moving to the new position as Director of Springfield’s Planning and Zoning Development. He will be missed, and his contribution to our city’s development is numerous from the South Street and Jackson Street Road improvements. Also including the Mill Pond Bridge and Road improvement, plus his contribution to the city trails system. 

With Steve's last days being this last week in December, I am overly excited to announce that the Interim City Administrator Search Committee has secured hiring an Interim City Administrator. His name is Ben DeClue. He has over eighteen years of professional experience as a city administrator, assistant city administrator, interim city administrator, and even served as a city council member. His formal education consists of a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration, and a Chancellors’ Certificate in Planning and Zoning. Ben’s first day of work will be on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. 

The Board of Aldermen desires that we secure an Executive Search Firm to assist us in securing our permanent City Administrator. On Thursday, December 21, 2023, the Request for Purchase (RFP) notice was posted to several associations whose focus is municipal personnel searches. The deadline to reply by January 4, 2024. It is our desire that the Board of Alderman will have a contract with of one of these firms to approve at the January 15, 2024, Council Meeting. 

City news, 2024 will bring about some exciting development with the beginning construction of the Chadwich Flyer Pedestrian Overpass on Hwy 65. If you missed the MoDOT announcement, Hwy 65 from Lamberts to Walmart will be widened to three lanes for both the north and southbound lanes.

It is my pleasure to serve as your mayor for our great city of Ozark, MO. God’s blessings upon you as we start the year 2024. 

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