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General manager at
Shiloh Springs resigns positions

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

This wasn't the start the county commission was seeking.

In the first year the commission has had control of the day-to-day operations of the county-financed Shiloh Springs Golf Course east of Platte City, Mike Marshall, general manager, has resigned.

Steve Wegner, county commissioner, said the resignation came as somewhat of a surprise. He said he doesn't know what Marshall intends to do, saying he hasn't spoken with him since the resignation was submitted last week. The resignation was effective immediately. Wegner declined to comment on the reasons behind the resignation. "I can't comment on that. . .it's a personnel issue," he said.

"Mike has resigned and we are in the process of trying to find a suitable replacement. We have appointed an interim general manager," Wegner said.

Attempts by The Landmark to reach Marshall for comment were unsuccessful.

Jerry Smith, who had worked as pro shop manager at the course, is the interim general manager. Shiloh is working with a couple of area golf courses looking for advice and certification assistance on how to properly maintain the grounds in Marshall's absence. At the time of his hiring, Marshall had been widely praised by the commission for his ability to maintain the golf course grounds. Marshall had worked for the management company that ran the course prior to the county taking over the day-to-day operations this year.

"He (Marshall) was extremely adept at the superintendent duties. When he agreed to become general manager, we kind of got a 2 for 1 deal," Wegner said.

"We want to hire a new general manager and let him dictate his recommendation on the superintendent's position. It might be that we find a 2 for 1, a person that has working knowledge of the grounds that would also like to be general manager," Wegner remarked. He added that a job description is being formulated and will be distributed to the appropriate places to find a suitable replacement.

Though there's a personnel opening now, Wegner says overall the financial picture of the controversial taxpayer-funded golf course is improving.

"I think the mandate coming from the county commission office was to reduce expenses and try to increase revenues, and that is happening. The financial forecast for the course looks far better than it ever has."

Prior to this year, the county had a management company under contract to run the course. This year it was brought under the control of the county parks department/county commission, with some funds from the county's half cent park sales tax going to help operate the course.

"What we have now is an opportunity to make actual manag