Texas mayor wants to fire manager who lead Joplin recovery

LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area mayor wants to fire a city manager who previously was dismissed as the top administrator in Joplin, Missouri, over the botched redevelopment of Joplin in the wake of a devastating tornado.

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and City Manager Mark Rohr have repeatedly criticized one another over various issues.

The Galveston County Daily News reports Hallisey will seek Rohr’s firing at a Dec. 13 city council meeting.

Rohr was fired as Joplin’s city manager in 2014. An investigation found he made no effort to have agreements with a developer reviewed by outside legal counsel.

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The developer had presented $800 million in projects to help Joplin rebuild from a 2011 tornado that destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 residents. But the developer later walked away.