After fours years on the job, Cassville City Administrator Kati Rose will resign from her post effective March 1.
Rose's tenure with the City of Cassville has actually extended seven years. Before being tapped as the city's top administrator, Rose served three years as parks and recreation director and just a few months as city clerk.
Rose submitted her letter of resignation during closed session following last Tuesday night's council meeting. City aldermen accepted the resignation but with regret, said Mayor Jim Craig.
"I have a great sense of personal loss," said Craig. "Kati has been an absolutely stellar employee of the city. She has always worked for the city's benefit as opposed to her own personal gain. She will be greatly missed."
Craig said Rose took over as city administrator during a time of transition.
"Kati Rose came to us in that position at a time when we needed a steady hand and continuity in that office," said Craig. "Through diligence, hard work and personal self sacrifice, Kati formed a team, working really closely with the mayor, the council and all the employees of the city."
Rose said she will be leaving the city to help run two businesses she and her husband, Pete, own and operate in Washburn. These businesses include storage units and a car wash. In addition, Rose will continue to pursue a master's degree in administrative studies from Missouri State University.
"I only have six more hours left," said Rose.
The change will also allow Rose to spend more time with family. The Roses' daughter Padyn is a freshman at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph and their son Dannon is a sophomore at Cassville High School.
"This job has definitely been an experience," said Rose. "We have wonderful employees and that's the hardest part about leaving. I'll also miss working with the community and working with the city council and mayor."
In her formal letter of resignation, Rose thanked the council and mayor for "believing in me and entrusting me such a great responsibility over the last several years. It has truly been a pleasure to work with all of you."
Rose said she plans on helping the city in any way she can during the time of transition to a new administrator. Craig said Rose might also work for the city on a consulting basis if needed.
During Rose's term as administrator, the city undertook and completed many major improvements, including expansion and upgrading of the wastewater treatment plant, construction of a new water system for Sherwood Forest, creation of a long-term capital improvement plan and the establishment of Neighborhood Improvement Districts in Sherwood Forest and Southern Hills.
The search for Rose's replacement has already begun. Job listings have been placed in area newspapers and the position is also being publicized on the Missouri Municipal League and other government websites.
"Our goal is to have someone hired by March 1," said Craig. "This is an important and critical position for the city. The city council will be looking long and hard at every candidate. We're going to find somebody good for this position."