Archive for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Interviews slated for city’s top job

June 9, 2005

Beginning next week, Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia will start interviewing an assortment of candidates for the city's vacant city administrator position. Garcia called hiring a new administrator the city's "top priority."

"A top priority, definitely," Garcia said. "It is a very important part of local government to have in place."

More than five months have passed since Basehor municipal government watched its first-ever city administrator, Oklahoma product David Fuqua, walk away from the city to return to his native state. Since then, city staff has been short-handed and without a full-time day-to-day manager.

The city has received 20 to 25 resumes for the administrators' post, Garcia said. The mayor said he's impressed by the qualifications of many.

"I feel some of them have what we're looking for," he said. "We have some good candidates to take a look at."

From the current roster of applicants, the city will select its top three preferences. The top three will then be brought in for a tour of the city and to meet with staff and council members.

Garcia said a best-case scenario would be to have the job filled in 30 days. However, the timetable depends on several factors, and Garcia said it's more important to find the best candidate than to fill the position quickly.

The city administrator will be the first domino to fall before hiring other new employees.

At Monday night's city council meeting, council members approved the job description for a director of community development and assistant director of community development.

"But I don't see them being in place before the city administrator," Garcia said.

The director of community development will replace Angela Solberg, a city planner who recently resigned. Whoever fills the position will be required to be a professional engineer. The assistant director of community development will be the last of the new hires and must be a licensed surveyor.

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