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HBPW general manager resigns, investigation launched into 'financial concerns'

Heath Hall
By DANNY HENLEY
dhenley@courierpost.com
Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 19, 2019 10:10 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Fifteen months after being named general manager of the Hannibal Board of Public Works, Heath Hall has resigned.

Hall submitted his resignation during a special call closed session meeting of the HBPW on Friday. Mathew Munzlinger was named interim general manager by the board.

Asked about his reason for stepping down Hall initially declined to comment. He then offered that his decision was a result of "work-related stress."

"It's stressful on the family and home life," he said.

A media statement was issued by the HBPW on Monday:

"One month ago the board was made aware of accusations of financial concerns by an employee. As soon as these accusations were made the board launched an internal investigation and notified (the Hannibal Police Department), which launched a separate investigation."

HBPW did not elaborate on the "financial concerns" nor on whether Hall had any involvement.

The Police Department did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

According to the statement, the HBPW Board is now in the process of hiring "outside, independent forensic auditors" to conduct an organization-wide review of the board's financial processes. The board added that as a publicly-owned utility, it will "openly share any results of this investigation with the public in accordance with employee confidentiality rules and state and federal laws."

Munzlinger, who has been with the HBPW since 2007, is the HBPW's utility planning and construction engineer. He was recently named storm water supervisor for the utility's new storm water department. He also is supervisor of the sewer collection department in addition to managing engineering projects for all four utility departments.

Hall, who joined the HBPW shortly after his graduation from college, departs after 18 years of service.

"I enjoyed my time working for the city," he said.

As for his next job, Hall is uncertain.

"Hopefully I will find other employment in the area. I want to stay in the area if possible," he said.

Hall accepted the position as general manager of the HBPW on May 15, 2018. He had served as the interim general manager since the retirement of Bob Stevenson in March of 2018.

Hall had been the HBPW's director of operations for 11 years. Prior to that he was the facilities engineer for the water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant for six years.

Hall was one of only six applicants for the general manager's position. In contrast, Stevenson was one of 41 applicants when he was hired in November 2009 to succeed the retiring Don Willis, who served just two years as general manager.

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