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  • For city administrator, new position is old hat

  • For the newly-hired City Administrator of Camdenton, Jeff Hancock, moving back to the lake area is truly like coming home.
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    • About Hancock...

      Father of two:
      He has a daughter and family in Ozark. His daughter gave him his first grandchild, a 16-month-old little girl.
      He has a son that lives at home and will b...
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      About Hancock...


      Father of two:

      He has a daughter and family in Ozark. His daughter gave him his first grandchild, a 16-month-old little girl.

      He has a son that lives at home and will be working on the farm.

      Enjoys working with cattle on the family farm and hunting with his bird dog.

      Officially started with Camdenton again on Feb. 10, 2014.


  • For the newly-hired City Administrator of Camdenton, Jeff Hancock, moving back to the lake area is truly like coming home.
    "It was always the plan to come back," Hancock said on his third day in the position. "This is home to me."
    Hancock was the city's first administrator in 1976. He grew up on a family farm in Laclede County and graduated from Lebanon High School.
    "I had fond memories of the community being the first City Administrator in 1976. It was a perfect match," Hancock added.
    A few years ago, he and his wife discussed retiring at the Lake of the Ozarks so they purchased a home in Old Kinderhook. When the position for City Administrator opened up, Hancock saw it as the perfect chance to come back to the area.
    After 35 years, Hancock is back in the lake area and has seen his career come full circle.
    "To be able to go back, I think that is just tremendous," he said. "I just feels good that people want you back."
    Hancock is replacing long time city employee, Brenda Colter, who Hancock actually hired as the city's first treasurer in the 1970s.
    Colter is now training Hancock. So far, he has met with Camdenton's Police and Fire Chiefs, Publics Works department and other city officials.
    Along with his duties as the City Administrator, he will also be in charge of economic development. With more than 35 years of City Administrator experience, Hancock has experience with economic development and working with airports.
    He has served with cities including Warrensburg, Mo., Bolivar, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., and Owasso, Okla. He came to the lake from his latest job in McCook, Neb. Hancock received his Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from University of Missouri and an MPA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondal. He is looking forward to using his experience in his position at Camdenton.
    Hancock plans on setting goals with the Mayor and Alderman so that the city can move forward as a team.
    "It's a team effort," he said of the city.
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