City Administrator Ousted in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY - The city administrator has been fired in Missouri's capital city as local officials grapple with how to go forward on a new conference center.
The Jefferson City Council on Tuesday confirmed that it fired City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus during a closed meeting Monday. The council said the 8-2 vote to oust Nickolaus came at the request of Mayor Eric Struemph.
Struemph cited a difference of opinion over direction and "visioning" for the city.
Nickolaus said the termination was a shock.
"The mayor and I haven't always seen eye to eye when it comes to transperancy," Nickolaus said.
The City Council is in the midst of considering two competing proposals for a conference center. Struemph said it is important that the next administrator be on board with plans to build the center.
He said there will be a national search for a new city administrator.