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Resumes pour into Basehor

November 20, 2003

The Kansas League of Municipalities has received 30 to 35 resumes for those interested in becoming a full-time city administrator in Basehor.

The Basehor City Council could receive copies of the resumes this week and begin reviewing those for consideration. The City Council hired the League of Municipalities to spearhead the search for qualified candidates.

"It's looking like we've had a pretty good response," City Council president Julian Espinoza said. "We've received applications from as far away as Michigan."

At its meeting Monday, Nov. 24, the City Council is slated to schedule a meeting with Mark Tomb, a League of Municipalities representative handling the search, to discuss the resumes and possible candidates. The tentative meeting date is Dec. 8.

The City Council has yet to make a formal decision to hire an administrator but it appears the position has support from the majority of council members.

Hiring a full-time city administrator gives growing cities a trained professional who can plan for long-term growth, apply for state and federal grants and manage the day-to-day operations of the city.

On Monday night, Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer spoke of the importance of adding a city administrator to the staff. The mayor said a full-time paid professional can oversee the city more thoroughly than a part-time mayor and City Council.

"No one runs this city on a daily basis except the staff," Scherer said.

In its 2004 budget, the City Council allocated $65,000 toward the position but hopes to spend under that mark for the new position.

At next week's meeting, the City Council will discuss creating another position albeit one less expensive.

Under his City Council member report, Espinoza will discuss the possibility of naming an alternate City Council president.

"It's not something we have to do, it's just a backup step," Espinoza said. "We don't have someone to step in for me when I have to fill in for the mayor."

The appointment of an alternate City Council president is scheduled for discussion only on Monday night.

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