Neosho has a new city manager but it's a familiar name and face.

At the regular meeting of the Neosho City Council on Tuesday, the council announced David Kennedy as the permanent city manager.

Kennedy, who has served as Neosho's Chief of Police for the past five years, has been interim city manager since the resignation of Leland Butcher last July.

Kennedy will continue to serve as police chief on a temporary basis until a replacement may be found. According to Neosho mayor, William Doubek, Kennedy will lead efforts to find his successor and will work to determine the police department's direction.

Fourteen resumes were received for the city manager post. Council members narrowed the field to six, then to fur finalists. Kennedy was the council's unanimous choice, based on past job performance and city knowledge.

Kennedy has been a Neosho resident for the past 21 years. He also meets the residency requirement passed by voters earlier this month, which calls for the city manager to have a Neosho address as well as live within a thirty-minute distance of city hall.

As city manager, Kennedy's priorities will focus on city infrastructure, including flooding issues. He has also hired new staff members including Tim Cox, as the Public Relations and Events Manager and Clint Dalbom as Parks and Recreation Director.

Kennedy's starting salary as city manager is $85,000 per year.