Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2005

Council plans to interview candidates

June 23, 2005

During a work session next week, members of the Basehor City Council will attempt to narrow their list of candidates for the vacant city administrator position.

"My goal is to get their numbers ... and come down to a final five and proceed with telephone interviews," said Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia, who has contended in recent weeks that filling the city administrator position is the city's top priority.

Garcia said council members would rank their top five candidates by number. Council members will address candidates Monday night by number only. Names of the candidates will not be used in a public setting, the mayor said.

Telephone interviews with the candidates could take place Monday night.

"If I can get everybody's picks between now and Friday then maybe we can possibly schedule some interviews," Garcia said. Interviews will take place during an executive session, the mayor added.

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 received 20 to 25 resumes from candidates interested in the job.

Also on tap for Monday night's work session will be a public hearing to consider proposed assessment ordinance 465, which approves statements of final costs, assessment rolls, notices of public hearings and establishes dates for public hearings.

The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The work session will follow after the public hearing has concluded.

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