David Mitchem Voted As New Lake Ozark City Administrator

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — In a marked change of tone, the Lake Ozark Board of Alderman unanimously voted for David Mitchem as the new City Administrator, Tuesday evening.

"Mr. Mayor this has been quite the process, and we want to work together," said Alderman Vernon Jaycox, who had been among the most outspoken against Newberry at the last meeting. "We’re a little bit tired of the bickering and the news articles. So this is proof that this board wants to work together for the betterment of the city. I hope everyone can see that."

Video of the meeting, provided by Lake TV, is below.

The long fight between Mayor Dennis Newberry’s appointment of an outside candidate and the board's desire to hire Assistant City Administrator Harrison Fry brought a large crowd to Tuesday's meeting. In a departure from some previous meetings where tensions had run high and discussions grew heated, the ushering in of a new City Administrator on Oct. 26 was brief, and more time was spent voicing appreciation for outgoing City Administrator Dave Van Dee.

“I will say that I have enjoyed the opportunity, I have enjoyed leading people, and most of all thank you,” said Van Dee, beginning to tear up as he pointed into the gallery. “That’s my wife. Thank you.” Van Dee received a standing ovation from some in attendance.

After the meeting, Mitchem told LakeExpo he was excited about the opportunity in Lake Ozark.

When asked about how he felt about taking the new position, he replied, "Excellent. I appreciated the council's confidence."

Lake Ozark Board of Alderman Meeting October 26th, 2021 -- Lake TV video