Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2005

Council sets 5 interviews for Basehor’s top city job

June 30, 2005

The Basehor City Council narrowed its field of candidates for the vacant city administrator position Monday night by reaching a general consensus on the top five choices. The governing body will interview all five candidates via telephone during an executive session at a 6 p.m. meeting Wednesday, July 6.

"We'll go into executive session to conduct those interviews and we'll come out afterward and tell everybody what happened," Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said.

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.

Garcia said the five candidates chosen as the final field for the position hail from the Midwest. Three of the candidates live out of state, he said.

Garcia said his final list had a few differences from the one agreed to by city council members.

"There were a couple (of candidates) I would have picked that are not on the short list," Garcia said. But, he added, "there's still a good pool of candidates left to talk to."

After the telephone interviews next week, council members again will trim the list -- this time, to two candidates. Garcia said council members would then invite them to the city for a tour and in-person interview.

There is no timetable for hiring a new city administrator, and city officials have stated it's more important to find the right person for the job than hire someone quickly.

Hiring a new city administrator will be the first domino to fall for city municipal employees. After the city selects an administrator, that person will help in the search for a director of community development and assistant director of community development

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