Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2005

Hiring city administrator is Job No. 1, new Basehor mayor says

April 28, 2005

Basehor mayor Chris Garcia said hiring a new city administrator is a major priority for the Basehor City Council during the next several months.

"It is a top priority to have someone at City Hall running the city on a day-to-day basis like was done previously," Garcia said.

During his mayor's report at Monday night's Basehor City Council meeting, Garcia said he would begin meeting with Council members to get their input on determining the best course of action in replacing David Fuqua, the city's first-ever administrator, who resigned in Dec. 2004.

Garcia said the Council will either choose to hire the League of Kansas Municipalities to help with a search for a new administrator or conduct a search independently. When hiring its first administrator, which landed them Fuqua, the city contracted the League of Kansas Municipalities to help conduct a national search.

The mayor said he hopes to soon have a timeline and a process established for hiring a new administrator.

In other Council news:

  • The Council scheduled Monday night a retreat to discuss upcoming projects and its agenda for the next year. The retreat will take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Basehor City Hall. It is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend, Garcia said.

The mayor said Council members, among other issues of discussion, will begin building a list of projects and setting goals for the upcoming year.

  • Although an exact date has not yet been scheduled, Garcia said he has targeted sometime in June to host a joint meeting between Council members and members of the Basehor Planning Commission.

During his campaign for office and shortly after he was elected, Garcia indicated he wished to host such a meeting so city officials could begin determining how to better coordinate long-range planning.

A specific date for the meeting should be scheduled in coming weeks, Garcia said.

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