Archive for Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Council considering new administrator

Mayor says he wants to fill position before term expires

March 2, 2005

The Basehor City Council has a candidate in mind for its vacated city administrator's position and is currently reviewing a contract that could be offered to that person, Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said Monday night.

"The city is working on fine-tuning a contract for the position of city administrator," Scherer said. "We are currently considering a candidate to fill that position."

Last year, the city's first-ever full-time administrator, David Fuqua, resigned from his position in Basehor after less than a year of service. Fuqua left the city for a similar position in Wewoka, Okla., and since then it has remained vacant.

During Monday night's meeting, the City Council retired to an executive session so it could discuss a contract for another city administrator. City Council members, in consultation with attorney John Thompson, are writing a new contract for the administrator position, the mayor said.

No decisions regarding the contract or the city administrator were made during executive session. Scherer, as have other city officials and council members, said he could not disclose any information concerning the candidate in consideration for the job.

Scherer said it's his goal to fill the top municipal government position before leaving office. The mayor's term expires in April and he is not seeking re-election.

"One of my biggest concerns is to have that position filled before leaving this office," he said. "We were sorry to see David go, but I think it's best to fill that position as soon as we can."

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