Neosho has a new city manager.

Neosho has a new city manager.

Donald Troy Royer — who was one of the state auditors who scrutinized the city’s books in the recent special petition audit — has been tabbed by the city council for Neosho’s top administrative post. He has accepted the offer.

Royer, who currently lives in Leawood, will assume his job duties in mid-September at an annual base salary of $85,000, with a standard new employee benefit package, according to Mayor Richard Davidson. Royer and his wife, Debbie, will move to Neosho in the near future, a city press release stated.

Davidson said that Royer was not one of the original 21 applicants for the position and acknowledged that the pick was the result of “out of the box thinking.” It was also a new development, according to Davidson.
Neosho’s original pick for the city manager job — former Electra, Texas, city administrator Stephen Giesbrecht — turned down the offer to take another post in Alaska on the same day Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich publicly delivered the findings of a petition state audit on the city, a report that gave Neosho a “poor” rating. Royer was a member of that state audit team.

A prepared statement from the city noted that the council at that time had an opportunity to reassess the skill set being sought in a city manager candidate. According to the city press release, Royer’s name came up as someone who had intimate knowledge of the city’s financial challenges and one who had the financial background to handle those challenges.

Davidson said he telephoned Royer later that week to ask if he knew of anyone on the state level who might be interested in the city manager position. Royer said he didn’t and Davidson said he then asked Royer if he might interested in the post himself. According to Davidson, Royer said he hadn’t considered it, but would talk the matter over with his wife. He subsequently contacted Davidson and said he was, in fact, interested in the job. Royer was personally interviewed and selected by the city council in closed session last week, Davidson said.

Davidson said that Royer’s close knowledge of Neosho’s unique situation — due to having spent more than a year auditing the city he will now work for — was a big advantage going forward and that Royer had a “positive outlook” about Neosho’s future.  

“Troy’s focus will include working to improve the city’s overall financial position and working to increase the overall level of service citizens can expect from their city government,” Davidson stated in the press release.

According to information provided by the city, Royer has served as an auditor with the state since 1999. His most recent position was as a senior auditor. His educational background includes a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting from Missouri Southern State University. Royer is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Governmental Accountants.

Royer and his wife have three children and four grandchildren. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling, the city press release stated.

“I am very pleased to welcome Troy as our new city manager,” Davidson said in his prepared statement. “Given the financial challenges being faced by our city, Troy’s background and experience will provide the city with the strong financial leadership needed to lead our city’s recovery.”