Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

Council adopts procedure to find new administrator

May 12, 2005

Basehor municipal government officials have listed hiring a new city administrator as a top priority for coming months and on Saturday, May 7, officials took steps to fulfill that goal.

During a City Council retreat Saturday, Basehor mayor Chris Garcia and council members outlined a procedure for finding a replacement for David Fuqua, the city's first ever full-time administrator who resigned in Dec. 2004.

Garcia said council members have chosen to conduct a search for a new administrator through advertising rather than have the League of Kansas Municipalities coordinate a search as it did before in finding Fuqua.

The city will run notices in local newspapers as well as city and LKM Web sites to find the best candidates, the mayor said. The City Council did not lay out a timetable for hiring a new administrator, Garcia said.

"We're not going to say in three months we want someone sitting in that chair," he said.

The salary range for a new administrator is $60,000 to $75,000 per year. Though he served less than the one-year contract he signed, Fuqua's annual salary was $65,000 per year.

Council members also agreed to hire another employee for its planning and zoning department. Advertisements for that position were also to begin this week.

Personnel additions weren't the only goals discussed by the City Council during Saturday's retreat.

Garcia said council members also laid out goals concerning improvement projects. Two of the most pressing in the city's opinion are 147th Street and Parallel Road and Kansas Highway 7 and Hollingsworth Road.

Planning is under way for improvement projects to begin at both intersections.

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