Archive for Thursday, December 29, 2005

Search committee focuses on candidate for city’s top post

December 29, 2005

A committee of Basehor city officials has selected a finalist for its long-vacant city administrator position and has forwarded the potential new employee to the city council for consideration.

Committee members -- Mayor Chris Garcia, council president John Bonee and member Keith Sifford -- interviewed the candidate last week in Basehor. All city council members are scheduled to meet with the candidate today at city hall.

"Basically, we'll sit down with him and let the full council ask questions," Garcia said.

Should the council favor the candidate, the next step in the hiring process would be authorizing committee members to begin salary negotiations. Authorizing the negotiations could take place at the council's next meeting, which is set for Thursday, Jan. 5.

The city has budgeted between $61,000 and $68,000 -- a figure that does not include incentives, bonuses or benefits -- for the administrator position. That figure was a point of contention with previous candidates.

A week ago, negotiations stalled between the city and two other administrator finalists, city officials said, because both candidates were seeking a higher salary than the range city officials advertised.

Citing employee privacy laws, city officials limited comments on the finalists. Garcia said the most recent finalist has government experience and is currently employed by a municipality in Kansas.

The city administrator position has been vacant for more than a year. Council members have conducted two searches and reviewed approximately 60 resumes throughout the past eight months in hopes of finding a replacement for David Fuqua, the city's first-ever administrator who resigned in December 2004.

Garcia said municipal government officials are optimistic they can meet their self-imposed timeline of having an administrator in place by January.

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