McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council coordinated an interview for the vacant city manager position, Wednesday evening, at Council Chambers. The interview is the third that councilors have sat in on, opting to hire out the actual interview process itself to a counseling company out of Columbus, Nebraska.
Following the interview of J. Jeff Hancock an executive session was ordered, making his interview the first completed thus far in which such a session was called afterwards. The action indicates that at least one councillor thought further consideration and dialogue pertaining to Hancock and the position was appropriate.
Hancock has 30 years of experience as a city manager, city administrator or assistant city manager, which began when he was named the city administrator of Camdenton, Missouri, at the age of 22.
During the interview, Hancock said he was an open and accepting person who enjoyed meeting people and building lines of communication. He talked about the importance of citizens feeling like he was "our" city manager as opposed to "the" city manager.
Hancock said economic development was a vital part of any small community's future and his resume shows multiple scenarios of experience in that field, including recruitment of a General Motors plant in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri.
"I have a wealth of experience and am a person that loves small communities. I have a good heart and strong values," Hancock said at the close of the interview.