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KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The push to change the local government of a Region 8 city is underway.

John Robertson is leading the petition drive to get the 860 certified signatures needed in order for Kennett voters to decide in November if they want to transition to a city manager form of government.

"I've got about 200 signatures that I've collected. We plan on hiring a couple of college students to come in next month and get out and get all the signatures we need," he said. "I have talked to all of the civic clubs in Kennett. I've talked to some retired groups. I'm willing to talk to anyone that has a group."

Robertson believes changing the mayor-council government to one that operates under a city manager would go along with the other changes happening in the city.

"We're about to announce a new executive director for the Chamber of Commerce. The Board of Public Works will soon announce that they've hired a new economic developer, which will be a full-time position which we've never had before. The Chamber of Commerce has always done it."

After collecting the required number of signatures Robertson plans to expand the effort to let people know about the vote.

"We'll do some marketing and education efforts so all the voters will know about it and be able to make an informed decision."

Click here for a link to the study detailing how a city manager government operates.

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