Many City programs and services are led and managed by the City Manager's Office. The City Manager is responsible for coordinating all city activities, programs and services in support of the City Council's Strategic Focus Areas.

City Manager's First Year Goals
FY 2021-2022

The City of Cape Girardeau has made great strides in the last few years improving roads, parks, and facilities. All of this has improved the quality of life for our citizens. With these improvements comes a bigger responsibility to ensure that our City government is fundamentally sound. One of my main goals for 2021 is to reinforce the fundamentals of good government, and bolster those fundamentals within each department. We need to be a top-notch organization to provide the public with top-notch facilities and services. To get started, these are some of my goals for my first year as your city manager…

#1 - Establish strong working relationships with department directors and city employees.  I have been visiting worksites, meeting employees, and learning more about city operations. I want to understand and support morale and the culture here. With an effective and cohesive Leadership Team, I will evaluate staffing, organizational structure, and recruitment and retention practices to determine what changes might be necessary to improve performance. I will make sure that the City’s expectations, vision, and goals are always clear and communicated to every employee because you are an integral part of the City’s future.  

# 2 - Build relationships with the Council, keep them informed, and develop an organizational strategic plan which clearly articulates their vision, goals, and priorities.
 It is my job to execute Council’s vision. I will work with our elected officials to set the policies and scope of services for our city, and secure the resources we need to serve the public.

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    Cape Girardeau, MO  63701-7314
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#3 - Maintain fiscal integrity and ensure financial sustainability of the City.  
I will assess the City’s long-term financial condition, budget, and funding opportunities. We already know the Use Tax will be critically important to our financial future, but we’ll also need to work with Council and staff to identify funding priorities. This year we will take a look at the current budget process and its effectiveness to determine if changes are needed. I'll also work with staff and the Council toward developing an economic development strategy which promotes a strong and vibrant local economy.  

#4 - Be visible and accessible to the community by becoming active locally and regionally.
No city is a stand-alone organization, we are dependent on other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other organizations.  As a city manager, my goal is to develop strong professional relationships with those entities to achieve success for the entire community. Relationships are often how we tackle big opportunities, keep a business open, or keep an industry in Cape. I will meet with County and other officials to leverage interagency agreements and identify and work on issues of importance to all of us.  I want to take time to listen to people and learn about the Cape community and its history. I hope to find ways to strengthen relationships and rebuild the community’s trust in city leadership.

I maintain an open-door policy and like to regularly connect with individual stakeholders. I have enjoyed visiting worksites and hearing from employees and the community about their ideas and concerns. I think it goes a long way to establishing solid relationships, which is really the key to success for any organization. Feel free to reach out to me anytime. I look forward to hearing from you.

City Budget

The annual City Operating Budget is adopted by the City Council in June each year for the fiscal year beginning on July 1. View 10 years of city budgets here

 Improvements Program

The five-year Capital Improvements Program, required by the City Charter, provides a basis for long-term needs planning for the city's capital infrastructure. 

View the CIP document