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Despite A Rough Introduction, Kansas City's New Appointee For City Manager Is Focused

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City Manager candidate Brian Platt interviews with the Kansas City city council.

Brian Platt was hit with a premature announcement and a split Council vote on his way to being named Kansas City's next top administrator.

After a 9-4 vote by city council members that broke largely along racial and geographic lines, Brian Platt is slated to be the next city manager of Kansas City, Missouri. The current business administrator of Jersey City, New Jersey, Platt was the only white candidate and the least experienced of the four finalists. Nonetheless, Mayor Quinton Lucas was impressed with Platt's performance in his current position — enough to ask for the council's approval.

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