Jersey City Business Administrator Platt leaving for similar post in Kansas City, Missouri

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Jersey City Business Administrator Brian Platt will be leaving Mayor Steven Fulop’s administration early next year to become the next city manager in Kansas City, Missouri.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

” … I’m very happy for @BrianDavidPlatt being he has been a key part of my team but sad to see him go as also – he was a key part of my team. #KansasCity + @MayorLucasKC did well here in selecting Brian,” Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted last night.

Platt was Jersey City’s first chief innovation officer and helped establish the Office of Innovation in 2013 before becoming acting business administrator in April 2018.

The Jersey City Times first made mention of Platt’s departure on Tuesday evening, which drew the ire of Kansas City Councilwomen Heather Hall and Melissa Robinson.

“I got an article from a NJ news source saying Brian Platt will be the new City Manager for Kansas City. Strange, because the KCMO Charter requires a vote of the entire Council to occur before there can be an offer. This has not happened as of today,” Hall tweeted.

Their story was quickly deleted before being reposted last night, citing that they initially relied on sources at City Hall and decided that the report needed further verification.

Since then, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas recommended Platt as their new city manager after a 13-month nationwide search. He said that after speaking to all the city council, Platt was either their first choice or tied for first.

“Based upon sterling recommendations provided by his own colleagues and citizens, the review of our colleagues and community interview viewers and participants, and his strong work on budget challenges over recent years and reorganization of Jersey City departments, I will recommend, based upon my authority under Section 218(b) of the Kansas City Charter, Brian Platt to serve as Kansas City’s sixteenth permanent city manager,” Lucas wrote to the Kansas City Council yesterday.

The Kansas City Council will vote on Platt’s appointment this evening, and if approved as expected, he will take over the new post on January 4th, 2021.

Platt, who holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, has ties to Kansas City through his wife, Margo, and they still have several family members who reside in the area.