Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

Mayor making few changes

May 12, 2005

Later this month, Basehor mayor Chris Garcia will recommend to Basehor City Council members that five of six municipal government positions be filled via re-appointment.

The appointments will be discussed and voted on during a meeting Monday, May 23.

Positions up for re-appointment this month are: two Planning Commission seats, currently held by board chairman John Matthews and vice chairman George Smith; a Board of Zoning Appeals seat, held by David Roe; and the seats of municipal court judge (William Pray), city attorney (John Thompson) and city engineer (Joe McAfee).

Garcia said City Council members have voiced no opposition regarding the re-appointments of Matthews, Roe and McAfee. The mayor said he would also like to re-appoint Smith, but that the planning board member is unsure whether he wants an additional term.

As for the city attorney's position, Garcia said some slight issues were resolved earlier this month between council members and Thompson. He, too, will receive the mayor's recommendation. Thompson has been the city's legal adviser since 1983.

For municipal court judge, the city did consider another candidate, Basehor resident and Board of Zoning Appeals member Bill Robinson, but Garcia said he will recommend council members retain Pray. Pray has served as the municipal court jurist for the last 15 years.

During a work session in April, City Council member Iris Dysart requested council members consider Robinson, a retired judge, as the municipal court appointee. Robinson had previously sent a letter to City Hall requesting he be considered for the position.

Garcia said he and City Council president John Bonee met with Robinson and reviewed his resume last week. The mayor said both Robinson and Pray are equally capable of the job, but that Pray had served the city diligently for more than a decade.

"I appreciated Mr. Robinson's interest in the position, but my recommendation is going to be to reappoint Judge Pray," Garcia said. "I didn't feel there was a need for a change at this time."

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