When the Neosho City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, July 16, council members will appoint an interim city manager. According to Neosho Mayor William Doubek, it's likely that Neosho Chief of Police David Kennedy will be named for the position.
Last week, the Neosho City Manager, Leland Butcher, submitted a letter of resignation. In a special session of the city council, Butcher's letter was accepted. A statement issued following the meeting by Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays stated:
"On July 8, 2019, City Manager Leland Butcher submitted a "letter of resignation". After due consideration, the Neosho City Council has unanimously accepted Mr. Butcher's resignation. While Mr. Butcher provided for a two-month period of continued employment with the City of Neosho, for the mutual benefit of both the City of Neosho and Mr. Butcher," the City Council further approved the immediate termination of Mr. Butcher's duties as city manager and will release him from all further responsibility effective immediately. Mr Butcher will be paid for any amount due him in accordance with his employment contract. As this is a personnel matter, there will be no further statement in reference to Mr. Butcher's employment with the City of Neosho. The City of Neosho wishes Mr. Butcher success his in further endeavors."
"As of right now all I am going to say is that I wish the City of Neosho the best in the future," Butcher said in a statement to the Neosho Daily News.
Butcher was hired as Neosho City Manager last year and began his official duties on September 24.
He replaced interim city manager Dana Daniel who served in the position for about two years. Daniel replaced former city manager Troy Royer, who also resigned.
At the special session held on Thursday, the council voted to pay Butcher for the two months remaining on his contract. Butcher's annual salary has been publicly posted as $96,000 per year.
Butcher announced on Friday on social media that he has accepted a position as an adjunct instructor at Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama. The school is an online university. Prior to coming to Neosho as city manager, Butcher previously taught at Pensacola State College in Florida.
The Neosho Daily News will report the individual named as interim city manager following Tuesday night's meeting.