Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2005

City officials interviewing 2 candidates

December 15, 2005

Twelve months after the resignation of its first-ever city administrator, Basehor city officials are poised to hire a replacement for David Fuqua.

The city's top two governmental officials -- Mayor Chris Garcia and city council president John Bonee -- were scheduled to host face-to-face interviews Tuesday and Wednesday with two finalists for the administrator position.

"We're proceeding forward," Garcia said.

A vote on a contract for an administrator is on the agenda for the Monday, Dec. 19, council meeting. Garcia said the vote was placed on the agenda in case negotiations between the city and the candidate were completed by next week.

A search committee -- the mayor, Bonee and council member Keith Sifford -- met last week and pulled the two finalists from 19 who submitted resumes. Sifford was out of town this week and was not available to participate in interviews, Garcia said.

Because of personnel privacy laws, city officials are restricted as to what information they can release regarding administrator candidates. Garcia said only that the two candidates hail from the Kansas City metropolitan area and work in "some form of city government."

The city administrator position has been vacant since Fuqua, the city's first-ever administrator, resigned after less than one year on the job. A previous search for his replacement earlier this year yielded 40 candidates but no city administrator.

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