Before coming to Cape Girardeau, Shrimplin was a planner with a local government in Ohio and then worked in the private sector with an architecture and engineering firm. Shrimplin states that he is happy to be working with the public again.
“Now I’m back in the public sector, and I think one of the things that I appreciate the most about my current position is being able to serve the public again and to just have that interaction with citizens, property owners, developers, contractors, designers, as well as working with our elected and appointed officials, ” Shrimplin said.
As City Planner, Shrimplin oversees planning and zoning in Cape Girardeau. His additional tasks include working with land acquisition, housing assistance and historic preservation efforts.
Shrimplin enjoys how working with the City allows him to oversee a broader range of projects as opposed to working for a private firm, who focuses more on one type of project. Addressing all of the different types and varying priorities of projects can be challenging.
“There are a lot of competing priorities; things that come from the Council, the City Manager, or my supervisor,” Shrimplin said. “All of these things are in addition to the regular schedules that come up. So we have all these deadlines, that’s just part of the normal work load that we do. So there are just a lot of different competing priorities and trying to manage those can be a challenge.”
Shrimplin is originally from Columbus, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Miami University (Ohio) and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University.
Even though Shrimplin grew up in a city that is much larger than Cape Girardeau, he still enjoys living here.
“What really attracted me to Cape, what was the deciding factor in accepting this position and moving here was the quality of life and the community feel,” Shrimplin said. “It’s large enough to be considered a city but it’s also small enough to where people do know each other. The school system and in particular all of the Parks and Rec facilities are outstanding. My wife and I have two small children, so those things are very important to me now.”
When Shrimplin has free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, particularly at community events hosted by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. He and his wife stay active in their church and he enjoys watching sports when he can.