Ward 1 Cape Girardeau City Council Representative John Voss has lived and traveled all across the world. After starting his career in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Voss started a diaper factory in Manchester, England and then a manufacturing plant in Warsaw, Poland. After working in Wisconsin, Voss returned home to Cape Girardeau where he now serves as City Council Ward 1 Representative and works for Procter and Gamble.
After graduating from Cape Central High School, Voss received a degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Upon returning to Cape Girardeau, Voss saw that there were needs that should be addressed in regards to the City Council.
“I just looked out and saw that there was a need with the rotations that we have and the term limits that we have,” Voss said. “I recognized that’s an area that I thought I could contribute and make a difference. There were some specific issues that piqued my interest.”
Voss and his family have a history of politics and staying up to date with current events.
“My oldest son became a Page in the United States Senate his junior year of high school. He was appointed by Senator Bond at the time,” Voss said, “So that really got us dialed in, if you will, with government at the federal level. My wife and I have always tried staying up to date with politics, current events, and those types of things. Being that in touch with what is going on at the federal level, and then there were some zoning things that I had interest in because of the property that I owned, my personal residence, it got me peaked at a local level.”
Voss has since then enjoyed being a City Council representative, but he admits there are parts of the position that are tough and challenging.
“I think the toughest thing is knowing that you’re going to have to make a decision that somebody’s not going to agree with,” Voss said. “In the ideal world, we would have time to talk about every issue and try and find the compromise or common ground for all those that are interested in the situation and there are some situations that you just can’t do that.”
Voss says that there are several aspects of serving on the City Council that he finds rewarding.
“I really take a lot of enjoyment from seeing an idea come to fruition,” Voss said. “Having worked in a corporate world, I think that there’s a lot that the government can learn from corporate America, and there’s a lot that corporate America can learn from the government as well. Being able to bring some of the leadership skills or some of the ideas from how a corporation is run to the local government has been impactful. I enjoy meeting new people, so I’ve been able to meet a ton of new people by having the opportunity to serve.”
Voss feels that Cape Girardeau is a great community in many regards. He feels that Cape Girardeau has a lot of what a large community has while keeping the small town feel.
“I’ve lived all over the world literally, and there are few communities that can beat Cape in terms of quality of life.”
Voss stays very busy outside of the City Council. He is the site logistics manager at Procter and Gamble, where he responsible for the distribution of products from start to finish. Voss is very involved with local organizations as he stays active in Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Andrew’s Church. When he has fee time, Voss also enjoys doing work around his house and yard. Voss also enjoys reading and giving back to the community when he can.