Current city manager to depart mid-March

The Hannibal City Council took no official action during a special call meeting Tuesday night in council chambers at city hall, which was held with the expressed purpose of dealing with the search for a new city manager, specifically the recruitment process that will be used to attract potential candidates for the position.

The city is beginning its search for a successor to Jeff LaGarce, who announced last month that he will be leaving Hannibal in mid March after serving 12 years as city manager.

The council went into closed session for its discussion, because the topic dealt with a personnel matter, which is allowed by state statute.

Also cited as a reason for the closed session was it dealt with "testing and examination materials."

The meeting lasted approximately two hours and went into closed session almost immediately after the roll call and call to order, as expected, according to Hannibal City Clerk Angel Zerbonia.

In addition to Mayor James Hark and council members James Godert, Mike Dobson, Melissa Cogdal, Jim Van Hoose, Colin Welch and Jeffrey Veach, also admitted to the closed session were City Attorney James Lemon, Zerbonia and a representative of the Pace Group, Anthony Michelic.

During its Jan. 2 meeting, the council approved paying the Pace Group $28,000, plus out-of-pocket expenses, to lead the search for a new city manager.

The Pace Group will market the position nationwide and help screen and evaluate the candidates. It may also assist with interviews of top candidates and aid in the selection process.