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Raymore City Council approves new leadership plan

Post Date:03/03/2017 11:41 a.m.

Leadership Team

The Raymore City Council on Monday gave its approval to a plan to reorganize the leadership at City Hall making the City more responsive to resident priorities in the future.

City Manager Jim Feuerborn’s proposal to reorganize the City’s management team to emphasizes Public Safety, Community Development and Communications.

Starting this month, Police Chief Jan Zimmerman and Community Development Director Jim Cadoret will begin their new roles as Assistants to The City Manager. Mike Ekey, who will take on a new role as Communications Director, will also be reporting directly to Feuerborn. The new leadership team will work together to ensure our residents continue to feel safe and benefit from the new growth and amenities in our city.

“As our community grows we must be in the best position to provide high-quality services to our residents.” Feuerborn said. “We know these are the core areas that our residents have said are important to them, and I believe that City Hall’s leadership and organization will reflect those priorities.”

In 2016, The City held several community conversations and citizen surveys where residents listed public safety, communications from City Hall and the future growth of our city as top priorities. The leadership reorganization comes after Assistant City Manager Meredith Hauck left City Hall to take a position as Assistant City Administrator with Merriam, Kansas.

Zimmerman will continue to serve as Chief of Police, but will also oversee the City’s Human Resources and Information Technology departments. Cadoret will also continue to serve as the Community Development Director, but will now oversee Economic Development and find new ways to strengthen our community’s standing with developers in the region.

Ekey will continue to lead the City’s communications efforts and will take on additional strategic planning and branding projects as well as oversee the Raymore Arts Commission and its programming. Ryan Murdock, previously the Emergency Management Coordinator, will now serve as the Emergency Management Director and will fully run the City’s emergency preparation and response programs.

“This moment represents the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that we hear what our residents are saying and that we are responding to their needs at the highest levels,” Feuerborn said.

(Pictured: Police Chief Jan Zimmerman, Community Development Director Jim Cadoret and Communications Director Mike Ekey)