JOPLIN, MO.--- The City of Joplin is looking to fill another position. Brian Head turned in his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Seibert this morning, because he's taking a job as city attorney in Lee's Summit this summer. While his leaving is the latest change for Joplin, the city's mayor hopes it will be a good move for Head and Joplin.
"I think this is his progress in his professional career," said Michael Seibert, Joplin Mayor.
Joplin Mayor Michael Seibert tell us he was surprised by Joplin City Attorney Brian Head's resignation.
"A lot of times that is the case when somebody's trying to make a career change. Sometimes that's not common knowledge, but again, I wish Brian the best. It's going to be a great opportunity for him," said Mayor Seibert.
Other city council members were not as shocked.
"You know I'm not surprised, he's at the place in his life probably ready to move on to a larger city and I understand that," said Gary Shaw, Joplin City Council Member.
Mayor Seibert says Head's family lives just outside of that city, so the move is career and family driven.
"His parents are getting older in years and I think he wants to be a little closer to them as they age," said Mayor Seibert.
"Along with all the firing that's going along with the city manager and the investigator that we had, so many people including me, were a little unhappy and concerned," sand Shaw.
Head has been serving as city attorney in Joplin for almost 13 years, his last day will be May 16th.
"The decision to offer the interim position to our current assistant city attorney, and we will begin looking to replace our city attorney as soon as we can," said Mayor Seibert.
Mayor Seibert wants to reassure Joplin citizens that the city continues to move forward and this is part of the process of city government
"We continue to move forward, I think that's what the voters have sent that message loud, and I think that's exactly what we're doing," said Mayor Seibert.
Head wrote in an email to KSN that "I have very much enjoyed my years in Joplin, and I will miss my amazing friends and the folks that I consider family here in Joplin." The City of Lee's Summit posted on its website that Head will start working as Lee's Summit city attorney on June 4th.
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