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Hardy resigns in wake of investigation

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SIKESTON -- A longtime city staff member has opted to resign following the results of an investigation into the city's handling of critical floodplain map information.

Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator for the city of Sikeston, confirmed that he resigned from his position Friday.

In July, the city hired Richard Greenberg of the Greensfelder law firm in St. Louis to investigate the possible mishandling of important correspondence regarding FEMA's new flood plain maps.

During a closed-session meeting with the City Council last week following the recent release of findings and recommendations from the investigating law firm, "I was given a choice and I chose to resign," Hardy said.

In addition to other duties such as overseeing code enforcement and coordinating city efforts with the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority, Hardy was also tasked with flood plain management for the city.

According to the report, information was sent by email from a member of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's staff to City Manager Doug Friend on May 31.

The email included copies of certified letters sent to city officials as well as shipping receipts for the city's copy of FEMA's new flood plain maps showing they were received on Aug. 7, 2010, and Aug. 10, 2012.

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