PITTSBURG — Daniel McNally was selected as city commissioner on Tuesday during the City of Pittsburg Commission meeting.
Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson has resigned his position on the Pittsburg City Commission, following his election to the Crawford County commission. Johnson’s resignation is effective Dec. 21.
There was a reception to honor Johnson on Tuesday before the city commission meeting.
“I’m going to miss this so much, this, the people here in this room, looking at the faces in this room, these are the people that I cut my political teeth on,” Johnson said. “This was my first thing I was elected to … the people in this room are the people I’ve worked within the last three and a half years, that have made things happen on a real and serious, community wide level.”
Johnson’s new position at the county level left an open seat in the city commission, which will be filled by McNally. The selection of a new mayor will be at a later date.
McNally said he has a history of being committed to the community, especially children and families and people struggling with addiction and mental illness.
He is a longtime Pittsburg resident, who went to Pittsburg Schools and will graduate on Friday with a degree in clinical psychology from Pittsburg State University.
McNally has worked at the Crawford County Mental Health and the Family Resource Center.
He served on boards at the YMCA, the Southeast Kansas chapter of National Alliance of Mental Illness and recently joined the Sustainability Advisory Committee.
McNally said to the commissioners on Tuesday that he offers a “unique insight on what children and families need to thrive.”
His experience on the boards have given him experience on financial programs and “planning demands,” he said adding, working on the committees gave him an understanding on how government functions.
“Most importantly, as a lifelong consumer of city services, and a dedicated community member, I believe I can offer insight and the desire to improve existing services and facilitate the creation of new ones,” McNally said.
In other business, the commissioners approved the recommendation from the Economic Development Advisory Committee to provide a loan in the amount of $200,000 to Joel Steward, Brandon Davis and Sefali Nursariwala for the Jolly Fox Brewery project, to be repaid over seven years with at 5 percent interest.
Director of Economic Development Blake Benson and Sydney Anselmi presented the quarterly Economic Development Report. According to the report, 13 businesses have received small business and entrepreneurial support services. There are 25 new business projects, some are ongoing.
They duo reported on how businesses have become attracted to the area, there are currently 15 proposals submitted.
They also reported on their efforts of rehabilitating dilapidated properties and discussion on workforce development and childcare capacity within the city.
Benson and Anselmi presented this year’s highlights, which include Block22, the Plaster Center and alumni outreach.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.