Archive for Thursday, July 1, 2004

Chief search down to last few

July 1, 2004

Basehor officials have trimmed a list of approximately 40 applicants down to seven people who are candidates to become the city's next chief of police and fill the post Vincent Weston vacated for retirement April 2.

City Administrator David Fuqua, who along with Mayor Joseph Scherer and Council member Keith Sifford comprises the search committee, said the applicant pool was narrowed to seven June 25.

"When we got the applications in, we knew we had a lot of really good ones," Fuqua said. "There were a lot of people with their master's and 10, 15, 20 years of experience."

The search committee will perform telephone interviews with each of the seven final candidates later this month, possibly July 14 or 15, and then present a final recommendation to the City Council for approval. Fuqua said that the chief could be named within the next 30 to 60 days.

"I think that person will be on board Sept. 1, I really do," Fuqua said.

The city's advertisement for the position states that the new chief will receive a starting salary of $40,000, depending on experience, and needs to have 10 or more years of experience with at least five years experience in administrative matters. Moreover, Fuqua said an ideal chief will also have other traits.

"We are looking for someone who is relatively young and who has the drive to make things happen," he said. "We need someone who is going to be ready for the changes we experience."

Since Weston's departure, Sgt. Martin Cigich, an 18-year veteran of the force, has been acting as interim chief.

"Marty has done a good job," Fuqua said. "The P.D. has been working well and we haven't had too many complaints."

Fuqua said the new chief will often have to wear two different hats.

"(The new chief) will be out on the street doing police work some of the time and be in the office doing administrative things some times."

Fuqua said the three-member search committee feels positive about how the process has gone thus far.

"We asked everybody to pick their top five or six," he said. "Everybody matched up with somebody else's list and a couple of the candidates were on all three lists. That makes us feel like we are heading down the right path."

force, has been acting as interim chief.

"Marty has done a good job," Fuqua said. "The P.D. has been working well and we haven't had too many complaints."

Fuqua said the new chief will often have to wear two different hats.

"(The new chief) will be out on the street doing police work some of the time and be in the office doing administrative things some times."

Fuqua said the three-member search committee feels positive about how the process has gone thus far.

"We asked everybody to pick their top five or six," he said. "Everybody matched up with somebody else's list and a couple of the candidates were on all three lists. That makes us feel like we are heading down the right path."

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