July 31, 2007
Contact: Jerry Adams, Branson public information director, 417-337-8526
City Administrator leaves Branson post
Board of Aldermen Begin Immediate Search for Replacement
City of Branson Board of Alderman announces the departure of Terry Dody, ten year employee and city administrator since January 2000.
During his tenure, Branson experienced the biggest economic development growth in the city’s history, including a $420 million lakefront retail development and convention center set to open next month. Under his watch, the Branson RecPlex was opened and the Branson Hills mixed-use development was started. Dody has over 30 years of state, county and municipal government experience. He served as the assistant city administrator and director of finance for the city of Topeka, Kansas before moving to Branson.
A separation agreement was drafted last week and approved by Branson Alderman yesterday. Mr. Dody’s last day is July 31.
“Change is never easy,” stated Mayor Raeanne Presley. “In this case, however, it is a positive move for everyone involved. We appreciate the long hours and diligent effort provided by Dody during a very dynamic and demanding period in our city’s history.”
Frank Schoneboom, assistant city administrator since June 2004, has accepted the position of Interim City Administrator at the Board of Aldermen’s request. In addition to assisting the city administrator, Schoneboom has served as the Administrative Services Director of the city of Branson, which oversees the activities of the Health, City Clerk/Municipal Court, Parks & Recreations Department, CIS Department and the Public Information department.
A native of San Diego, CA, Schoneboom has 15 years experience in the public sector and municipal government. Before coming to Branson, he was the city administrator of Rogersville, MO. He has also served in administrative positions for large non-profit organizations in California before relocating to Missouri.
“We are confident that Schoneboom will provide quality administrative leadership for the experienced and dedicated team of city employees who will continue to keep our city fully functioning during this transition,” said Mayor Presley.
A search committee is being formed to begin the selection process for a new Branson city administrator.