City administrator ousted in Jefferson City

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 7:12 a.m. CDT; updated 9:40 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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.

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.

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