Public reaction to the appointment of John Glascock to the permanent city manager job was positive Monday. Here’s what people had to say about Mayor Brian Treece’s announcement Monday morning.
“I think he will make a great city manager. He is just what this community needs right now.”
— Bill Watkins, former city manager
"I appreciate that he brings a deep knowledge of Columbia and its strengths and areas that need improvement."
— Khaki Westerfield, retired educator and Columbia resident
“I think John will be what the city needs right now. John’s got the basics in my opinion. He’s a man of integrity. He knows the community well. I think he will help the morale of employees.”
— Ray Beck, former city manager
“Build, create and repair relationships. In my humble opinion, this is a good choice.”
— Maria Oropallo of Transparency Matters, in a Facebook post
“I’m not too surprised. I certainly know John has the skills and abilities. I think John is going to do a fantastic job in his new role.”
— Tony St. Romaine, former deputy city manager
"He's earned the right to the position. I think he'll do an excellent job."
— David Lang, retired subrogation manager and Columbia resident
“I personally worked with John and have great confidence in his abilities. In light of the past issues and community concerns at this time, it might be a wise choice to stick with the person and management philosophy you know rather than taking a chance on the unknown.”
— Laura Nauser, former Fifth Ward councilwoman
“I do know John and believe he would do a fine job.”
— Larry Potterfield, owner of Midway USA and developer
“I would have to say it is an excellent choice. He’s already doing the job and doing it extremely well. He’s got so much experience.”
— John Ott, downtown developer
“I’ve worked with John for 14 years. The positive working relationship that Mizzou staff has with the City is due to John’s leadership and understanding that our campus, its students and employees are an integral part of the city. I look forward to working with John on city-campus issues for many years to come.”
— Gary Ward, MU vice chancellor for operations
“John Glascock has not carried on as if he were merely an ‘Interim’ City Manager. Rather, Mr. Glascock has executed the duties of his position these past 6 months in the same way he executed his duties over the past 16 years as a city employee. John Glascock has consistently demonstrated his personal commitment to the ongoing success of the City of Columbia and the well-being of the people who live and work here.”
“On behalf of the women and men who serve this community the CPOA is gratified that the Mayor and City Council considered our plea for ‘continuity not change.’”
“For the past 6 months the community has had a glimpse of ‘Camelot in Columbia’ and everyone likes what they have seen. We look forward to continuing our work with City Manager John Glascock and Police Chief Geoff Jones to ensure the safety and success of the community.”
— Dale Roberts on behalf of the Columbia Police Officers Association
“They went with someone who knew the community very well versus someone who knows a bunch of other communities very well.”
— Ken Midkiff, chairman of the Energy and Environment Commission and Missourian columnist
"He was an excellent choice. Years ago, he worked for MoDOT and he was very professional and always knew answers to questions. Then, he moved to city government and has done well ever since."
— Ted Farnen, vice chairman of Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission
“In my opinion, great choice. It is great to see John in a permanent position. He has an excellent reputation, the result of all his years working for the city.”
— Dan Atwill, Boone County presiding commissioner
“We look forward to a working relationship with our new City Manager to help encourage processes that ensure every citizen in Columbia has their voice heard. Congratulations Mr. Glascock!
— CoMo for Progress, in a Facebook post
Missourian reporters Lauren Tronstad, Chloe Khaw, Sarah Everett, Jeffrey Zide and Ingyun Jeong contributed to this report.