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Lacy named new public works director

The city has hired its new Public Works Director. Larry Lacy, a certified professional engineer, will start his new duties May 23.

The new director will have oversight of several departments including streets, water, sewer, electric, and building regulations.

City Administrator Greg Beavers said Lacy is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Missouri, and has several years of experience in civil engineering and systems management.

“The city conducted an extensive candidate search and review process to fill this position, and I believe that we have found an ideal candidate in Mr. Lacy,” Beavers said.

Lacy will replace Alan Welshon, who died following health complications experienced during a planning session for a major winter storm several months ago. Welshon spent a couple years with the city and oversaw several projects and improvements, including the determination of how best to handle a drinking water issue and the rebuilding of the east-side wastewater treatment plant.

Doug Smith is a reporter for the Daily Journal. You can reach him at 573-756-8927, or at

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