Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2003

Basehor asks League to help in search for administrator

September 25, 2003

The Basehor City Council is considering hiring a full-time city administrator. But first, they're going to hire the League of Kansas Municipalities.

During a meeting Monday, Sept. 22, the Basehor City Council unanimously approved hiring the organization for an amount not to exceed $3,000.

The League of Municipalities will assist the city of Basehor under its League Executive/Administrative Position Search (LEAPS) program.

Under the program, the League will advertise the position, conduct background checks and set up interviews for qualified candidates.

The City Council has not yet made a definitive decision to hire a city administrator; Monday night's action was merely the city exploring the hiring further.

There is no timetable set for the possible hiring.

Earlier this month, a representative from the League of Municipalities presented the City Council with information pertaining to the hiring of a city administrator. Cities with populations nearing 2,000 to 2,500 tend to look for city administrators, the representative said.

Basehor, population 2,500 according to the most recent Census, has never had a city administrator. In its 2004 budget, the City Council did slate $65,000 for the hiring.

A city administrator could assist the city in dealing with an expanding population, a boom in development as well as relieve some of the responsibilities of current city staff and research grant opportunities, city officials said.

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