Basehor Council weighs need for alternates
Members of the Basehor City Council discussed the order of succession during their meeting Monday, Nov. 24.
With the two highest-ranking officials in Basehor city government -- Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer and City Council president Julian Espinoza -- scheduled to be out of town in late December, City Council members considered Monday night appointing an alternate City Council president.
Espinoza suggested appointing an alternate president.
"Due to the schedules Joe and I keep, there are times when we're out of town," Espinoza said.
"I'm looking to fill a void in a worst case scenario," he added.
Scherer said Monday night he would be out of town from late December to the end of January; Espinoza will be absent for three days for the holidays.
If the City Council needed to meet during that time, an alternate City Council president could fill the void left by the absenteeism and run the meeting, Espinoza said.
Under Basehor guidelines, when the mayor and president are unavailable, the remaining City Council members are to elect a member to fill in as a temporary president.
City Council member Bill Hooker suggested city government adhere to that policy.
"We just need to remember that's what we need to do," Hooker said.