Rohr will assume the $170,000 a year job next month, according to the Marshall News-Messenger. Mayor Larry Hurta explained to the newspaper why the commission selected Rohr:
We wanted a visionary, someone who can act and do but when it came down to it, this candidate really stood out. All of his tenure, in every city, everyone speaks of his work ethic — that he will be the first one there with boots on the ground and he will help the community grow.
The one commissioner who voted against Rohr, Doug Lewis, noted that Rohr was fired in Joplin and League City, Texas, and was in the middle of a lawsuit against League City officials.
Mark Rohr's role in the City of Joplin during the May 22, 2011 tornado and the recovery, as well as all the events leading to his dismissal by the Joplin City Council in 2014 are told in my book Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption and the Joplin Tornado, which is available at Amazon.com in both paperback and e-book formats.