Archive for Thursday, December 8, 2005

Officials to cull resumes for administrator’s job

December 8, 2005

The Basehor City Council has closed the door on accepting applications for its vacant city administrator position. Soon, the governing body will open another by interviewing prospective candidates.

Council members have received 19 applications, or less than half the resumes submitted during a search earlier this year.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia, council president John Bonee and council member Keith Sifford began sorting through the applications Wednesday.

The three-member committee also was slated to begin telephone interviews with candidates by the end of this week and possibly conduct in-person interviews next week.

A name could be submitted to the council for consideration at its Dec. 19 meeting, Garcia said.

Committee members were to trim the list of prospects to three to five names Wednesday. The mayor said a candidate should be in place by next month.

"Hopefully someone will be in place by January for sure," he said. "My hope is it will be the first week of January."

The city administrator position has been vacant for one year. The city's first-ever administrator, David Fuqua, resigned in December 2004, after less than a year on the job.

A search for his replacement didn't begin for several months. The vacancy has created staffing dilemmas for city officials.

The problem popped up again Monday night as two agenda items from the council meeting were altered.

Garcia was scheduled to appoint a Basehor representative to the countywide economic development organization, Leavenworth Area Development. However, because the mayor envisioned the city administrator filling this role, the appointment could not be made.

Also, a salary increase of 2.75 percent -- granted as a cost-of-living adjustment -- was given to all municipal employees. The original plan was for the salary increases to vary from employee to employee, depending on the outcome of reviews conducted by a city administrator. Though none of the wage increases was to exceed 2.75 percent, because a city administrator did not conduct the reviews, the same percentage increase was given to all employees.

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