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The Roswell City Council on April 7 approved the mayor’s recommendation of Joe Neeb to become Roswell’s city manager. All seven of the city councilors who attended the special meeting voted in favor of Neeb becoming city manager.
Neeb (pronounced Neb) accepted the position in late March, pending council approval. Mayor Dennis Kintigh recommended Neeb for the city’s top day-to-day administrative position from among three candidates who visited Roswell in March and were interviewed by the mayor and council, as well as meeting with a variety of city department heads and staff members.
Neeb has 20 years of experience as a chief administrative officer for several municipalities. He has most recently been the city administrator of Spearfish, S.D., where he served from 2010 until his resignation in February. His prior municipal positions were as town manager in Dyer, Ind., Fortville, Ind., and Morristown, Ind. He also has experience in managing public-safety departments (police and fire), public works departments (streets and water among them) and other departments dealing with things such as planning and zoning, library, airport and economic development. He holds a master’s of business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the City of Roswell as its city manager,” Neeb said. “My goal is to support the mayor and city council in their elected responsibilities, strengthen the city team to ensure high-quality, professional services and to preserve a collaborative relationship with the Roswell citizens, businesses and agencies that strive to make this community home.”
Roswell’s new city manager was scheduled to begin work April 17. He will be paid an annual salary of $154,190.
“I am excited about Mr. Neeb coming to Roswell,” Mayor Kintigh said. “He and I have talked extensively and I have seen firsthand his enthusiasm for this position. I have witnessed his tact and I have observed the depth of his professionalism. I am convinced he will be a great leader for our city staff. He is the type who will work well with the governing body and the community.”
The city contracted with the Dallas-based professional search firm of Waters and Co. to generate applicants for the city manager job. The firm advertised the position beginning in January. City representatives reviewed the applicants and narrowed the field to three candidates who were invited to come to Roswell to visit with the mayor, City Council, department heads and staff.
City Engineer Louis Najar has been serving as interim city manager since Feb. 15. Prior to that, the interim position had been filled by two people, at different times, provided by a firm that supplies temporary government administrators.