Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2004

Oklahoman is hired as 1st city administrator

February 19, 2004

After months of interviewing prospective candidates, the Basehor City Council has announced the hiring of the first city administrator in Basehor government history.

This week, city officials announced the hiring of David Fuqua of Cushing, Okla. The city will host a reception, which is open to the public, for Fuqua, from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 before the City Council meeting.

Fuqua was selected for the administrator position from a field of more than 60 candidates. The Kansas League of Municipalities coordinated the national search.

Basehor City Council president Julian Espinoza said Fuqua is an ideal hire for the city.

"I think he's going to be a good fit for Basehor," Espinoza said. "He has experience, managing city affairs is second nature to him, and he's a good people person."

Espinoza also said Fuqua and his family are in the process of moving to Basehor.

Fuqua has nine years experience in city management.

Some of Fuqua's responsibilities will include managing day-to-day operation of the city, supervising all department heads, developing short and long-term planning and preparing and submitting an annual budget.

He will begin work in Basehor Monday, Feb. 23, city officials said.

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