The Missouri Department of Economic Development has hired a former Jefferson City administrator who lost his city job as officials debated how to proceed with a new conference center.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reported Tuesday that Nathan Nickolaus started work as the state agency's general counsel. The department's current general counsel is leaving for private practice. Nickolaus says he is excited about the job. He previously was Jefferson City's attorney.
Jefferson City is looking for a new city administrator after firing its current one. The City Council voted in a closed session Monday to immediately terminate Nathan Nickolaus’ contract.
Mayor Eric Struemph requested the motion to terminate, and it passed by an 8-2 vote. Nickolaus had been city administrator for 2 years and says the news was unexpected.
“It was very much out of the blue," Nickolaus said. "I think that things actually had been going very well recently, and I think we’ve been making a lot of progress in the city. So I was surprised, you know.”
It's been a busy week in Jefferson City. While the city was considering how to overcome a $1.68 million budget deficit, the Public Works Director and Communications Director both decided to resign on the same day this week.
Jefferson City celebrated the construction of its seventh outdoor warning siren with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wednesday.
The completion of the seventh siren marks the halfway point of the city’s plan to install 14 sirens by the end of the year. Funding for the project was raised through the Jefferson City Capitol Improvement Sales Tax.