FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City Manager Jason Gage has named Jordan L. Paul as City Attorney. Most recently, Paul has served as the City Attorney at the City of Neosho and as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Joplin. Prior to joining municipal government, Paul was in private civil practice in Joplin. He replaces Rhonda Lewsader, who became the City Attorney in 2018.
“We are very excited to announce the hiring of Jordan. He is from southwest Missouri, is very bright and has solid municipal law experience. We are very excited for Jordan to become a part of our leadership team,” said Jason Gage, City Manager.
The City Attorney assists the City Council, City management and all City departments with matters of municipal law and represents the city in all legal matters including civil actions brought by or against the city. Ordinances and resolutions that come before the City Council are routinely written by the legal staff. The Law Department employs 20 people.
“I’m honored to have been selected to the position of great public trust and look forward to working with Jason and the City Council on the important work of the City moving forward,” Paul said.
Jordan is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and has been selected as a Missouri and Kansas Rising Star in the areas of civil litigation and real estate by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters distinction that utilizes peer review and selects less than 2.5% of attorneys. He is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association.
His appointment is effective Jan. 2, 2024 He will make an annual salary of $200,000.
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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].