NEW MADRID - The search for a new city administrator has ended. John Gilbert of New Bloomfield was selected by the New Madrid City Council to replace Ferg Hunter, who retired in March.
Gilbert, who is expected to arrive May 30 to begin his new position, currently works for the Office of Administration for the state of Missouri in Jefferson City as a budget and planning analyst.
A native of Cape Girardeau, Gilbert worked for the Department of Revenue and the private sector then served as chief finance officer for the city of Cape Girardeau prior to moving to Jefferson City in 1985. His career includes working as an auditor with the Missouri Department of Transportation and with the Missouri State Fair prior to joining the Office of Administration, which prepares and process budgets for state agencies.
In addition to his duties with the state government, Gilbert, who lives in New Bloomfield which is located 12 miles north of Jefferson City, served as the city of New Bloomfield's treasurer for several years.
"He had a lot of experience we were looking for," said New Madrid Mayor Donnie Brown.
Brown said Gilbert was one of 14 persons who submitted applications for the post and one of seven interviewed by the search committee. Gilbert met with the full council as well, the mayor added.
"We had a lot of very good applicants, very qualified people," said Brown. "We are proud we could get someone of John's caliber for our city and we are very excited about what this change will mean to the city of New Madrid."
In a telephone interview Tuesday, Gilbert said he is looking forward to returning to Southeast Missouri, pointing out he still has family in the region. "I am thrilled to death with this opportunity," Gilbert said. "I feel I have something I can offer. Plus, I like the feel of small community."
When he begins work May 30, Gilbert said he will first meet with the city employees. Also, he plans to meet with local businesspeople and residents.
"I want to find out what their needs are. I want to take it kind of slow," Gilbert said. "I'm just in the learning process - learning what the needs are for the community."