Archive for Thursday, October 2, 2003

Basehor continues to weigh position

October 2, 2003

More serious discussions concerning the hiring of a full-time city administrator in Basehor will begin at a work session later this month, mayor Joseph Scherer said this week.

Thus far, Basehor City Council discussions concerning the possible hiring have been exploratory only.

The new hiring came closer to reality last week when the City Council unanimously approved hiring the League of Kansas Municipalities to assist them in searching for qualified candidates for the position.

The City Council has not yet made a decision to hire an administrator. Scherer said that question could be answered during the City Council meeting Oct. 27.

On Oct. 20, the City Council will again discuss the position with Mark Tomb, a League of Municipalities representative, to discuss what qualifications the city will seek for administrator candidates.

During a meeting last month, Tomb gave the City Council an informal presentation about the roles a city administrator can play for a growing community.

The position gives growing cities a trained professional who can plan for long-term growth, apply for grants and manage the day-to-day operations of the city, Tomb said.

Scherer said he is in favor of the position.

"The biggest benefit a city administrator offers would be having someone at City Hall on a daily basis with the authority to run the city and see that things move forward," Scherer said.

"We're moving past a part-time mayor and a part-time council," the mayor added. "We need someone to look at the city every day."

In its 2004 budget, the City Council allocated $65,000 toward the position. However, city officials hope to spend less than that amount for the new employee.

"The city has no intention of spending over $65,000," Scherer said. "That's the number we budgeted, but we would like to come in under that number."

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